Faculty and Collaborators

Duke Kunshan University

Jim Zhang,PhD

Director, Regional Ozone Sino-US Collaborative Research Center

Jim Zhang is the director of the Regional Ozone Sino-US Collaborative Research Center. He is the Professor of Global and Environmental Health at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University in China. He directs the Exposure Biology and Chemistry Laboratory. Professor Zhang’s main research interests include exposure science and environmental health sciences. Dr. Zhang authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, including those published in top biomedical journals (NJEM, the Lancet, JAMA) and environmental sciences 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 IPCC. He is the 2012 recipient of the Jerome Wesolowski Award, the highest honor of the International Society of Exposure Science. In 2013, Professor Zhang was named an AAAS Fellow.

John Ji, Sc.D.

Dr. John Ji is the Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Science in Duke Kunshan University. His research interest is environment and population health sciences. He is interested in studying the health impact of air pollution, soil, and drinking water. Previously, he has assessed the effect of lead, a heavy metal, on neurological and motor function. Environmental health and safety, particularly occupation safety in relation to cumulative life-time exposure biomarkers, is also of particular interest.

Yuqiao Song, MD

Research and administrative assistant of the Regional Ozone Sino-US Collaborative Research Center. Yuqiao Song graduated from Wuhan University with a Master degree in Environmental Engineering.

Duke University

John Vandenberg

Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment, US EPA

Dr. Vandenberg is Director of the Research Triangle Park Division of the National Center for Environmental Assessment at the US Environmental Protection Agency and adjunct professor of Nicholas School of the Environment. He is responsible for leadership, planning and oversight of EPA’s Integrated Science Assessments for the major (criteria) air pollutants and Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments for high priority hazardous air pollutants.

Drew Shindell, PhD

Dr. Drew Shindell is a Professor of Climate Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. From 1995 to 2014 he was a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Dr. Shindell taught atmospheric chemistry at Columbia University for more than a decade. His research concerns natural and human drivers of climate change, linkages between air quality and climate change, and the interface between climate change science and policy. He has been an author on more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and received awards from Scientific American, NASA, the EPA, and the NSF.

Prasad S. Kasibhatla, PhD

The overarching theme of professor Prasad Kasibhatla’s research is to develop a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the factors that determine the chemical composition of the atmosphere. He is particularly interested in delineating natural and anthropogenic impacts on the chemical composition of the atmosphere, and in exploring the potential for these impacts to affect natural ecosystems. His research involves the use of numerical models in conjunction with remote and in-situ measurements of atmospheric composition.

Michael H. Bergin, PhD

Professor Mike Bergin’s general research focus is on the influence of air pollution on both climate and human health. His specific interest is particulate matter (PM), and he has done a wide range of studies on the emission, formation, deposition and impacts of PM. He is particularly interested in how PM impacts climate by modifying the radiation balance of the atmosphere and he has done studies in both pristine regions of the world, as well as hazy regions. More recently he has been studying the influence of PM on human health with emphasis on determining the relative contributions of sources to acute health impacts.

Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Environmental Science

Qiuyue Zhao

Section Chief, Atmospheric Environment Research Institute

Qiuyue Zhao is a senior engineer and Section Chief of Atmospheric Environment Research Institute, Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Environmental Science. She is an expert recorded in National Science and Technology Expert Database. She is mainly engaged in research about environmental policy, ecological planning and atmospheric science.

Jie Zhang

Deputy Section Chief, Atmospheric Environment Research Institute

Jie Zhang is a senior engineer and deputy section chief of Atmospheric Environment Research Institute, Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Atmospheric Environment. She graduated from the school of environment in Tsinghua University with a doctorate degree and was a postdoctoral fellow of Environment Canada. Her main research direction is the pollutant emission test and the emission inventory of air pollution sources.

Qian Liu

Qian Liu graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research focuses on numerical simulation research about the atmospheric chemistry associated with atmospheric trace gases and aerosols, regional photochemical pollution and climate change.

Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Yan Xu

Director of Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Yan Xu is the associate director of Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention and master supervisor of Nanjing Medical University. She is devoted to disease prevention related to environment, disinfection and biological control and management and prevention of chronic diseases.

Zhen Ding

Section Chief, Institute for Environmental Disease Control and Prevention

Zhen Ding is the section chief of Institute for Environmental Disease Control and Prevention in Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, senior engineer and master supervisor of Southeast University. Now he is responsible for research related to environmental and public health such as healthy risk assessment of smog and ozone, drinking water monitoring and environmental health of the rural area in Jiangsu province.

Hong Sun

Hong Sun is an associate chief physician in Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also the master supervisor of Southeast University. Now he is mainly engaged in the health risk research in the Regional Ozone Sino-US Collaborative Research Center.

Jiangsu Environmental Monitoring Center

Wei Cheng

Director, Jiangsu Environmental Monitoring Center

Wei Cheng is the senior engineer. He is the director of the Environmental Monitoring Center of Jiangsu Province and young science and technology leader of "333 high- talent training project" in Jiangsu province. He is responsible for the management of the Environmental Monitoring Center and Automobile Exhaust Pollution Supervision and Administration Center of Jiangsu Province.

Guangjiu Hu

Associate Director, Jiangsu Environmental Monitoring Center

Gunagjiu Hu is the senior engineer. She is associate director of the Environmental Monitoring Center in Jiangsu. She was a visiting scholar in the environmental institute of University of Connecticut. She is mainly engaged in the research of environmental water quality and monitoring trace toxic and harmful substances in atmosphere.

Advisory Committee of the ROSUC

Xiaoyan, Tang, Academician

Professor Tang is the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences. She has been the co-Chair of the Environmental Effect Panel of the Montreal Protocol since 1992 and was elected as a fellow of National Academy of Engineering of China in 1995.

As an atmospheric chemist, Professor Tang has been conducting many pioneered researches in China, including ambient air quality, photochemical smog, acid deposition, regional air pollution, and fine particles. Since 1993, she was the team leader in development of sector plans for ODS phase-out and development of policy and management instruments for implementing the Montreal Protocol.

Yongjie Wei, PhD

Dr. Yongjie Wei is the associate researcher of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science. She mainly engaged in the physical and chemical properties of particulate matter in atmospheric environment, source analysis and its health effects. She is among the research personnel who carried out the research on molecular biological mechanism of environmental exposure early in China.