Ph.D. Student Profile

Mia Q.  Peng, MPH, BSc

Mia Q. Peng, MPH, BSc

  • Doctoral Student


MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health
B.Sc., Biology, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Research Interests & Projects

Mia is interested in women's health in the context of aging. Prior to the PhD program, she worked as a data manager and analyst for two 20-year longitudinal cohort studies, where she fell in love with studying the epidemiology of chronic diseases and disability among midlife women. She contributed to a groundbreaking project that measures a wide range of environmental chemical data in a multi-ethnic cohort of women, which has led to her current interest in understanding how exposures to environmental chemicals may alter aging/health trajectories in women.

Current Research: 1) Exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and metabolic outcomes in midlife women. 2) Changes in bone geometry over the menopausal transition and their relation to bone strength.

Selected Publications

  • Peng, Q., Karvonen-Gutierrez, C., Nan, B., Randolph, J., McConnell, D., Harlow, S.D. Age at onset of metabolic syndrome among women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome-like status. (submitted to The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism)
  • Karvonen-Gutierrez, C., Peng, Q., Peterson, M., Duchowny, K., Nan, B., Harlow, S.D. Low grip strength predicts incident diabetes among mid-life women: the Michigan Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. Age and Ageing. 2018 Sep 1;47(5):685-691.
  • Peng, Q., Bakulski, K.M., Nan, B., Park, S.K. Cadmium and Alzheimer's disease mortality in U.S. adults: Updated evidence with a urinary biomarker and extended follow-up time. Environ Res. 2017 Aug; 157:44-51.
  • Chandrasekaran, N., Harlow, S., Moroi, S., Musch, D., Peng, Q., Karvonen-Gutierrez, C. Visual impairment at baseline is associated with future poor physical functioning among middle-aged women: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, Michigan Site. Maturitas. 2017 Feb; 96:33-38
  • Park S.K., Peng, Q., Bielak, L., Silver, K., Peyser, P., Mitchell, B. Urinary arsenic and measures of insulin sensitivity and β-cell function in non-diabetic Amish adults. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2016 Sep;32(6):565-71.
  • Peng, Q., Harlow, S.D., Park, S.K. Urinary arsenic and insulin resistance in US adolescents. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2015 Jun;218(4):407-13

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