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Ying Meng, PhD, RN, ACNP
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  • Office: HWH 2W223
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Ying Meng, PhD, RN, ACNP

  • Assistant Professor


Ying Meng joined the University of Rochester School of Nursing in 2018 after working as a TL1 postdoctoral research fellow at the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester. She received her MSN and PhD from the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester.

Meng’s primary research focus is the identification of biological and psychosocial risks for eating behaviors in young children. Her research also focuses on the association of nutrition with pediatric health. Her research has involved large-scale genetic/genomic studies, macronutrients and micronutrients, metabolic biomarkers, eating behaviors, and childhood obesity. Meng received various awards from the School of Nursing, the Obesity Society, and the Nutrition conference. Her research has been funded by NINR and CTSI.

Current Focus

My current research has been focused on identifying perinatal metabolic and psychosocial risks related to the development of eating behaviors in young children. My research is currently funded by NINR to assess the association of genes, psychosocial stress, and cortisol with obesogenic eating behaviors. 

Alkadi, A., Alkhars, N., Manning, S., Xu, H., Sohn, M., Xiao, J., & Meng, Y. (2024). The Associations between Snack Intake and Cariogenic Oral Microorganism Colonization in Young Children of a Low Socioeconomic Status. Nutrients. DOI: 10.3390/nu16081113

Meng Y., Groth S., Hodgkinson C., & Mariani T. (2021). Serotonin system genes contribute to the susceptibility to obesity in Black adolescents. Obesity Science & Practice. PMID: 34401202 PMCID: PMC8346375 DOI: 10.1002/osp4.511

O'Connor T., Best M., Brunner J., Ciesla A.A., Cunning A., Kapula N., Kautz A., Khoury L., Macomber A., Meng Y., Miller R.K., Murphy H., Salafia C.M., Vallejo Sefair A., Serrano J., & Barrett E. (2021). Cohort profile: Understanding Pregnancy Signals and Infant Development (UPSIDE): a pregnancy cohort study on prenatal exposure mechanisms for child health.. BMJ open. PMID: 33795306 PMCID: PMC8021752 DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044798

Meng Y., Lohse B., & Cunningham-Sabo L. (2020). Sex modifies the association between the CLOCK variant rs1801260 and BMI in school-age children. PloS one. PMID: 32785234 PMCID: PMC7423126 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0236991

Meng, Y., Wu, T., Billings, R., Kopycka-Kedzierawski, D. T., & Xiao, J. (2019). Human genes influence the interaction between Streptococcus mutans and host caries susceptibility: a genome-wide association study in children with primary dentition. International Journal of Oral Science, 11 (2), 19. PMID: 31148553 PMCID: PMC6544625 DOI: 10.1038/s41368-019-0051-4

Meng, Y., Groth, S. W., Stewart, P., & Smith, J. A. (2018). An exploration of the determinants of gestational weight gain in African American women: Genetic factors and energy expenditure. Biological Research for Nursing, 20 (2), 118-125. PMID: 29161908 PMCID: PMC5896561 DOI: 10.1177/1099800417743326

Meng, Y., & Groth, S.W. (2018). Fathers Count: The Impact of Paternal Risk Factors on Birth Outcomes. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22 (3), 401-408. PMID: 29218490 PMCID: PMC5892832. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-017-2407-8

Holland, M. L., Groth, S. W., Smith, J. A., Meng, Y., & Kitzman, H. (2018). Low birthweight in second children after nurse home visiting. Journal of Perinatology. PMID: 30214029 PMCID: PMC6279547 DOI: 10.1038/s41372-018-0222-8

Meng, Y., Groth, S.W., & Li, D. (2018). The Association between Obesity-Risk Genes and Gestational Weight Gain Is Modified by Dietary Intake in African American Women.. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. PMID: 29686896 PMCID: PMC5852892 DOI: 10.1155/2018/5080492

Meng, Y., Groth, S., Quinn, J.R., Bisognano, J., & Wu, T.T. (2017). An Exploration of Gene-Gene Interactions and Their Effects on Hypertension. International Journal of Genomics, 2017. PMID: 28642868 PMCID: PMC5470022 DOI: 10.1155/2017/7208318

Meng, Y., Groth, S., & Stewart, P. (2017). Determinants of gestational weight gain: The impact of diet, genes, and energy expenditure. The FASEB Journal. DOI: 10.1096/fasebj.31.1_supplement.lb304

Groth, S.W., Holland, ML., Smith, J.A., Meng, Y., & Kitzman, H. (2017). Effect of Gestational Weight Gain and Pregnancy Body Mass Index in Adolescent Mothers on Weight and Body Mass Index of Adolescent Offspring. Journal of Adolescent Health. PMID: 28711316 PMCID: PMC5654683 DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.05.005

Groth, S.W., Holland, M.L., Kitzman, H., & Meng, Y. (2013). Gestational weight gain of pregnant african american adolescents affects body mass index 18 years later. JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 42 (5), 541-550. PMID: 24003870 PMCID: PMC3810949 DOI: 10.1111/1552-6909.12230

Groth, S.W., Morrison-Beedy, D., & Meng, Y. (2012). How Pregnant African American Women View Pregnancy Weight Gain. JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 41 (6), 798-808. PMID: 22789036 PMCID: PMC3473094 DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01391.x
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