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


Zhang, JJ, Lee, K-B, He, L, Seiffert, J, Subramaniam, P, Yang, L, Chen, S, Maguire, P, Mainelis, G, Schwander, S, Tetley, T, Porter, A, Ryan, M, Shaffer, M, Hu, S, Gong, J, and Chung, KF. "Effects of a nanoceria fuel additive on the physicochemical properties of diesel exhaust particles." Environmental science. Processes & impacts 18, no. 10 (October 2016): 1333-1342.
Sweeney, S, Leo, BF, Chen, S, Abraham-Thomas, N, Thorley, AJ, Gow, A, Schwander, S, Zhang, JJ, Shaffer, MSP, Chung, KF, Ryan, MP, Porter, AE, and Tetley, TD. "Pulmonary surfactant mitigates silver nanoparticle toxicity in human alveolar type-I-like epithelial cells." Colloids and surfaces. B, Biointerfaces 145 (September 2016): 167-175.
Zhang, N, Huang, H, Duarte, M, and Zhang, JJ. "Dynamic population flow based risk analysis of infectious disease propagation in a metropolis." Environment international 94 (September 2016): 369-379.
Bhatti, P, Mirick, DK, Randolph, TW, Gong, J, Buchanan, DT, Zhang, JJ, and Davis, S. "Oxidative DNA damage during sleep periods among nightshift workers." Occupational and environmental medicine 73, no. 8 (August 2016): 537-544.
Seiffert, J, Buckley, A, Leo, B, Martin, NG, Zhu, J, Dai, R, Hussain, F, Guo, C, Warren, J, Hodgson, A, Gong, J, Ryan, MP, Zhang, JJ, Porter, A, Tetley, TD, Gow, A, Smith, R, and Chung, KF. "Pulmonary effects of inhalation of spark-generated silver nanoparticles in Brown-Norway and Sprague-Dawley rats." Respiratory research 17, no. 1 (July 19, 2016): 85-.

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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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