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
Schechter, JC, Fuemmeler, BF, Hoyo, C, Murphy, SK, Zhang, JJ, and Kollins, SH. "Impact of Smoking Ban on Passive Smoke Exposure in Pregnant Non-Smokers in the Southeastern United States." International journal of environmental research and public health 15, no. 1 (January 6, 2018).
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 (December 29, 2017).
Zhang, J. "Low-Level Air Pollution Associated With Death Policy and Clinical Implications." JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 318, no. 24 (December 26, 2017): 2431-2432.
Liu, S, Liu, Q, Ostbye, T, Story, M, Deng, X, Chen, Y, Li, W, Wang, H, Qiu, J, and Zhang, J. "Levels and risk factors for urinary metabolites of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in children living in Chongqing, China." The Science of the total environment 598 (November 2017): 553-561.
Bhatti, P, Mirick, DK, Randolph, TW, Gong, J, Buchanan, DT, Zhang, JJ, and Davis, S. "Oxidative DNA damage during night shift work." Occupational and environmental medicine 74, no. 9 (September 2017): 680-683.