Dr. Junfeng “Jim” Zhang is a professor of Global and Environmental Health at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He has more than 160 peer-reviewed publications in peer-reviewed journals. 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 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is the 2012 recipient of the Jeremy Wesolowski Award, the highest award of the International Society of Exposure Science, and was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013.
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.