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.
Global Environmental Health Problems: Principles and Case Studies
Crosslisted as GLHLTH 581
Many environmental problems occur both locally & globally. Having insights and experience from different parts of the world is important for students to gain problem-oriented training. This course will cover fundamental principles on physical & chemical processes related to major environmental problems. These principles will then be integrated to discussions of case studies addressing a specific set of problems. The case studies will involve the participation of invited guest instructors who are experts on specific topics/cases. Depending on preference of guest instructors, they can introduce a case study via online lecturing/chatting or providing a pre-made video. Online course. Instructor consent required.