Marisa Mena

Department: PREC UNIC ME

Dr Marisa Mena received her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1999 from the University of Barcelona. She holds a cum laude PhD degree in biomedical sciences (University of Barcelona, 2006) and a master's degree in international health (tropEd ErasmusMundus Programme of European Commission, 2011) where she conducted an evaluation of the impact of a breast cancer awareness programme in rural Ghana.

She joined the Cancer Epidemiology Research Programme in 2012. Her research interests focus on the epidemiology and prevention of cancers with a known or potential association to infections and/or immunosuppressant conditions.

Currently, she is involved in several projects aimed at ascertaining the role of HPV infection in HPV-related cancers.


  1. Martel M, Alemany L, Taberna M, Mena M, Tous S, Bagué S, Castellsagué X, Quer M, León X. The role of HPV on the risk of second primary neoplasia in patients with oropharyngeal carcinoma. Oral Oncol 2016. Accepted.
  2. Castellsagué X, Mena M, Alemany L. Epidemiology of HPV-Positive Tumors in Europe and in the World. Recent Results Cancer Res 2017; 206: 27–35.
  3. Taberna M, Resteghini C, Swanson B, MD; Pickard RKL, Jiang B, Xiao W, Mena M, Kreinbrink P, Chio E, Gillison M. Low etiologic fraction for human papillomavirus in larynx squamous cell carcinoma. Oral Oncol 2016; 61: 55–61.
  4. CastellsaguéX, Alemany, L, Quer M, Halec G, Quirós B, Tous S, Clavero O, Alòs L, Biegner T, Szafarowski T, Alejo M, Holzinger D, Cadena E, Claros E, Hall G, Path F, Laco J, Poljak M, Benevolo M, Kasamatsu E, Mehanna H, Ndiaye C, Guimerà N, Lloveras B, León X, Ruiz-Cabezas JC,Alvarado-Cabrero I, Kang CS,Oh JK, Garcia-Rojo M, Iljazovic E, Ajayi OF, FMCDS, Duarte F, Nessa A, Tinoco L, Duran-Padilla MA, Pirog EC, Viarheichyk H, Morales H, Costes V, Félix A, Germar MJV, Mena M, Ruacan A, Jain A, Mehrotra R, Goodman MT, Lombardi LE, Ferrera A, Malami S, Albanesi EI, Dabed P, Molina C, López-Revilla R, Mandys V, González ME, Velasco J, Bravo IG, Quint W, Pawlita M, Muñoz N, de Sanjosé S, Bosch FX on behalf of the ICO International HPV in Head and Neck Cancer Study Group. HPV involvement in head and neck cancers: comprehensive assessment of biomarkers in 3,680 cases. J Natl Cancer Inst 2016; 108(6). pii: djv403.
  5. Vernet-Tomas M, Mena M, Alemany L, Bravo I, DE Sanjosé S, Nicolau P, Bergueiro A, Corominas JM, Serrano S, Carreras R, Lloveras B. Human papillomavirus and breast cancer: no evidence of association in a spanish set of cases. Anticancer Res. 2015 Feb;35(2):851-6.
  6. Ndiaye C, Mena M, Alemany L, Arbyn M, Castellsagué X, Laporte L, Bosch FX, de Sanjosé S, Trottier H. HPV DNA, E6/E7 mRNA, and p16INK4a detection in head and neck cancers: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Oncol. 2014 Nov;15(12):1319-31.
  7. Iljazović E, Mena M, Tous S, Alemany L, Omeragić F, Sadiković A, Clavero O, Vergara M, Bosch FX, de Sanjosé S. Human papillomavirus genotype distribution in invasive cervical cancer in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cancer Epidemiology 2014 Oct;38(5):504-10.
  8. Mena M, Wiafe-Addai B, Sauvaget C, Ali IA; Wiafe SA, Dabis F, Anderson BO, Malvy D, Sasco AJ. Evaluation of the impact of a breast cancer awareness program in rural Ghana: a cross‐sectional survey. Int J Cancer 2014;134:913‐24

ResearcherID: F-5347-2016