William Kuang Yao Pan

William Kuang Yao Pan

Associate Professor of Global Environmental Health

William Pan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Health, joined the faculty at Duke in 2011. He holds a joint appointment at DGHI and the Nicholas School of Environment, and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Pan’s research interests focuses on Population, Health, and Environmental interactions in developing countries, with particular interest in translational research directed toward sustainable development activities and global environmental health. He has worked in countries throughout Latin America and Africa on topics ranging from land use change, reproductive health, migration, tuberculosis, HIV, enteric infections, and childhood nutrition. Pan received his doctoral training in Biostatistics from UNC-Chapel Hill with a focus on demography and spatial analysis. He also received a Master of Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

In The News


McCormick, Benjamin J. J., Stephanie A. Richard, Laura E. Caulfield, Laura L. Pendergast, Jessica C. Seidman, Beena Koshy, Reeba Roshan, et al. “Early Life Child Micronutrient Status, Maternal Reasoning, and a Nurturing Household Environment have Persistent Influences on Child Cognitive Development at Age 5 years: Results from MAL-ED..” The Journal of Nutrition, June 4, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxz055.
Berky, Axel J., Ian T. Ryde, Beth Feingold, Ernesto J. Ortiz, Lauren H. Wyatt, Caren Weinhouse, Heileen Hsu-Kim, Joel N. Meyer, and William K. Pan. “Predictors of mitochondrial DNA copy number and damage in a mercury-exposed rural Peruvian population near artisanal and small-scale gold mining: An exploratory study..” Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis 60, no. 2 (March 2019): 197–210. https://doi.org/10.1002/em.22244.
Wyatt, Lauren, Sallie Robey Permar, Ernesto Ortiz, Axel Berky, Christopher W. Woods, Genevieve Fouda Amouou, Hannah Itell, Heileen Hsu-Kim, and William Pan. “Mercury Exposure and Poor Nutritional Status Reduce Response to Six Expanded Program on Immunization Vaccines in Children: An Observational Cohort Study of Communities Affected by Gold Mining in the Peruvian Amazon..” Int J Environ Res Public Health 16, no. 4 (February 21, 2019). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16040638.
Pizzitutti, Francesco, Carlos F. Mena, Beth Feingold, and William K. Pan. “Modeling asymptomatic infections and work-related human circulation as drivers of unstable malaria transmission in low-prevalence areas: A study in the Northern Peruvian Amazon..” Acta Tropica 197 (January 28, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2019.01.022.
Pan, William K., Jessica C. Seidman, Asad Ali, Christel Hoest, Carl Mason, Dinesh Mondal, Stacey L. Knobler, Pascal Bessong, and Pascal MAL-ED Network Investigators. “Oral polio vaccine response in the MAL-ED birth cohort study: Considerations for polio eradication strategies..” Vaccine 37, no. 2 (January 2019): 352–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.05.080.

Recent Grants


GLHLTH 396: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (GLHLTH 396: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
GLHLTH 393: Research Independent Study in Global Health (GLHLTH 393: Research Independent Study in Global Health)
GLHLTH 796: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (GLHLTH 796: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)

Contact Information

90519, 310 Trent Drive, Rm 227
Durham, NC 27708
310 Trent Drive, Room 227, Box 90519
Durham, NC 27708


DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003)