Project Director and Principal Investigator

Professor Junfeng (Jim) Zhang 

jim-zhangDr. 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 and the director of the Exposure Biology and Chemistry Laboratory. 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 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.

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.