Junfeng Zhang

Junfeng Zhang

Professor of Global and Environmental Health

Dr. Zhang joined the Duke Faculty in fall 2013 from the University of Southern California where he had been a professor of environmental and global health and the director of Environmental and Biomarkers Analysis Laboratory since 2010. His prior positions include professor, department chair, and associate dean at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Dr. Zhang has more than 140 peer-reviewed publications. His work has been featured in major international media such as the Time, the New York Times, BBC, ABC, CBS, Yahoo News, etc. His early work on characterizing sources of non-methane greenhouse gases made him one of the officially recognized contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC. He is the 2012 recipient of the Jeremy Wesolowski Award, the highest award of the International Society of Exposure Science. He also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Rutgers Graduate School.

Dr. Zhang’s research interests include developing novel biomarkers of human exposure and health effects, assessing health and climate co-benefits of air pollution interventions, and examining biological mechanisms by which environmental exposures exert adverse health effects. Dr. Zhang has led a number of international collaborations to study air pollution health effects and underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms. He is currently leading two multidisciplinary, multi-institutional centers studying the health impact of engineered nanomaterials.

In The News


Zhan, Y, Johnson, K, Norris, C, Shafer, MM, Bergin, MH, Zhang, Y, Zhang, J, and Schauer, JJ. "The influence of air cleaners on indoor particulate matter components and oxidative potential in residential households in Beijing." The Science of the Total Environment 626 (June 2018): 507-518.
Day, DB, Xiang, J, Mo, J, Clyde, MA, Weschler, CJ, Li, F, Gong, J, Chung, M, Zhang, Y, and Zhang, J. "Combined use of an electrostatic precipitator and a high-efficiency particulate air filter in building ventilation systems: Effects on cardiorespiratory health indicators in healthy adults." Indoor Air 28, no. 3 (May 2018): 360-372.
Cui, X, Li, F, Xiang, J, Fang, L, Chung, MK, Day, DB, Mo, J, Weschler, CJ, Gong, J, He, L, Zhu, D, Lu, C, Han, H, Zhang, Y, and Zhang, JJ. "Cardiopulmonary effects of overnight indoor air filtration in healthy non-smoking adults: A double-blind randomized crossover study." Environment International 114 (May 2018): 27-36.
Wheelock, K, Zhang, JJ, McConnell, R, Tang, D, Volk, HE, Wang, Y, Herbstman, JB, Wang, S, Phillips, DH, Camann, D, Gong, J, and Perera, F. "A novel method for source-specific hemoglobin adducts of nitro-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons." Environmental science. Processes & impacts (March 21, 2018).
Zhang, X, Zhao, Y, Song, J, Yang, X, Zhang, J, Zhang, Y, and Li, R. "Differential Health Effects of Constant versus Intermittent Exposure to Formaldehyde in Mice: Implications for Building Ventilation Strategies." Environmental Science & Technology 52, no. 3 (February 2018): 1551-1560.

Recent Grants


GLHLTH 581: Global Environmental Health Problems: Principles and Case Studies (GLHLTH 581: Global Environmental Health Problems: Principles and Case Studies)
GLHLTH 581K: Global Environmental Health Problems: Principles and Case Studies (GLHLTH 581K: Global Environmental Health Problems: Principles and Case Studies)
GLHLTH 634: Air Quality: Human Exposure and Health Effects (GLHLTH 634: Air Quality: Human Exposure and Health Effects)
ENVIRON 780: Environmental Exposure Analysis (ENVIRON 780: Environmental Exposure Analysis)
ENVIRON 603: Air Quality I: Sources, Fate, and Transport of Pollutants (ENVIRON 603: Air Quality I: Sources, Fate, and Transport of Pollutants)

Contact Information

Box 90328, LSRC A309, 308 Research Drive
Durham, NC 27708
308 Research Drive, LSRC Room A309
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Rutgers University (1994)

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