Margarita Correa-Mendez, Ph.D., M.S.

Margarita Correa-Mendez, Ph.D., M.S.
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)
Entry Year

Doctoral Degree

Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County (2019)

Master's Degrees

  • M.P.H., John’s Hopkins University (2021)
  • M.S., Universidad de los Andes (2010)

Research Interests

Implementation Science; Global Health; Health Equity; Cancer Control in Low- and Middle-income Countries

Primary Preceptor/Branch/Division

Gila Neta, Ph.D., M.P.P., Implementation Science, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS); Patti Gravitt, Ph.D., M.S., Center for Global Health (CGH)


Lakshmi Gorrepati, Michael W Krause, Weiping Chen, Thomas M Brodigan, Margarita Correa-Mendez, David M Eisenmann. Identification of Wnt Pathway Target Genes Regulating the Division and Differentiation of Larval Seam Cells and Vulval Precursor Cells in Caenorhabditis elegans. G3 (Bethesda). 2015 Jun 5;5(8):1551-66. doi: 10.1534/g3.115.017715.

Program Spotlight

NCI Global Health Interest Group

July 5, 2022
Pictured (left to right): Drs. Margarita Correa-Mendez, Percy Guzman, and Waruiru Mburu.

In commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day, the NCI Fellow’s Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) will host a virtual panel on diversity, equity and inclusion in global health. This event aims to provide an opportunity for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) community to engage in dialogue with global health experts on specific actions that we can take and issues we should be sensitive to around equity in global health research and practice.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Global Health
Virtual Panel
Date: July 19th, 2022
Time: 9:00-10.30AM (EDT)
Runtime: 01:32:54

NCI Global Health Equity Panel

“It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” -Nelson Mandela

Our panelists, Dr. Arachu Castro, Dr. Evelyn Gitau, Dr. Ravi Kannan and Dr. Laetitia Rispel and GHIG fellow moderators, will facilitate a discussion on actions that the broader public health community can take to enhance equity and justice in global health research and practice. Attendees will learn about the panelists’ career trajectories in global health, the role of early career scientists in advancing global health equity and the panelists’ perspectives on ways that NIH can continue its commitment to reducing inequities in collaboration with partners locally and globally. Through deep discussion, attendees will gain an understanding of the challenges scientists face when implementing global health equity initiatives.


The NCI Global Health Interest Group (GHIG), established in October 2021, is a fellow-led NCI interest group aimed at facilitating learning and networking among fellows interested in global cancer research and control with a particular emphasis on work in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The group is open to all fellows (postbaccalaureate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and clinical), across NCI, with interests in global cancer research and control with an emphasis on work in LMICs.

GHIG was founded by CPFP fellows Drs. Waruiru Mburu and Margarita Correa-Mendez with the vision to promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing between fellows, across NCI divisions, engaged or interested in issues of global cancer research and control. Current group leadership includes CPFP fellow Dr. Percy Guzman. With the guidance of GHIG Advisors, Mishka Kohli Cira, M.P.H.; Sudha Sivaram, Dr.PH., M.P.H.: and Lymarie Maldonado-Báez, Ph.D., M.S.; the NCI GHIG supports its members’ professional development in topics such as scientific communication, leadership, and career planning. As well as collaborate with NCI-CGH to provide guidance and input on CGH-led research, trainings, and partnership activities for fellows. The GHIG organizes and facilitates trans-disciplinary global oncology seminars, trainings, and networking opportunities with experts in the field. The first global health equity virtual panel titled, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Global Health, will be held on July 19, 2022, and is open to the NIH-wide community.

To join the NCI Global Health Interest and/or to be added to the Listserv, please email NCIGHIG@NIH.GOV

Margarita Correa-Mendez, Ph.D., M.S.
NCI Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) Co-founder