Junfeng (Jim) Zhang, PhD

Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment & Duke Global Health Institute & Duke Kunshan University, Durham, NC, USA

Professor of Global and Environmental Health Director of Exposure Biology and Chemistry Laboratory 

Professor Junfeng (Jim) Zhang’s main research interests include exposure science, environmental health sciences, and environmental policy. Dr. Zhang has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, including those published in top biomedical journals (e.g., New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Journal of American Medical Association, and American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine) and top environmental science journals (e.g., Environmental Health Perspectives, and Environmental Science and Technology). His work has been featured in major international media such as TIME Magazine, 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 contributors to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC. He is the 2012 recipient of the Jeremy Wesolowski Award, the highest honor of the International Society of Exposure Science. In 2013, Prof. Zhang was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his distinguished contributions in exposure science and public health and for improving the health of millions of people around the world through risk assessment.

Dr. Zhang directs an Exposure Biology and Chemistry Laboratory at Duke University and a similar laboratory at Duke Kunshan University in China. His laboratory develops and applies novel biomedical methods that are used to address real-world environmental health problems, such as understanding biological mechanisms underlying health effects of pollutant exposure. He has led several interdisciplinary studies (centers) that investigate the complex interactions between human biological systems and environmental exposures. Dr. Zhang has been working on the health impact of indoor air pollution from household solid fuel use since 1994. On this topic, he has published nearly twenty peer-reviewed papers. He contributed to the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s monogram on household coal and biomass combustion and World Health Organization’s Indoor Air Quality Guidelines: Household Fuel Combustion.

Focused Issues: Haze, Health and Disease