Expert Faculty

The Center attracts some of the world’s top researchers and partners with some of the leading universities worldwide. 

Shenglan Tang Shenglan Tang, MD, MSc, MPH, PhD
Professor, Medicine and Global Health, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University
Shenglan Tang, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University, Associate Director of DGHI for China Initiatives, and Director of the Global Health Research Center at Duke Kunshan University.  His research focuses on health systems reform, disease control and maternal and child health in China and other countries.  Tang regularly provides consultancy services on health systems strengthening to many international organizations and governments of developing countries. | View Publications 

Non-communicable Chronic Diseases

Lijing YanLijing Yan, PhD, MPH
Associate Research Professor, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University
Yan's main areas of research are chronic disease prevention and control (cardiovascular disease and diabetes in particular), economic evaluations in health care, and integrated health management. She is the Principal Investigator or Co- Investigator on a number of NHLBI-funded and China-funded research grants. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers some of which in leading medical journals such as JAMA (3 first-authored papers and 2 co-authored papers), Circulation, and Archives of Internal Medicine.

 

Abu AbdullahAbu Abdullah, MD., MPH., PhD.
Research Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Abu Abdullah, PhD is Research Professor of Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University and Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University. Professor Abdullah's current teaching and research is focused in the prevention and control of chronic diseases in low and middle income countries through programs that address heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes and common risk factors for these conditions such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, overweight/obesity, and mental illnesses. He also conducts research on HIV/AIDS epidemiology and Global Health. Professor Abdullah has considerable experience (as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator) in several epidemiological, behavioral and health services research projects in Asia and has worked in different areas including chronic disease prevention, infectious disease, travel medicine and health services and policy research in developing countries. Professor Abdullah has written few book chapters and has about 90 peer-reviewed publications covering several emerging aspects of public health. Professor Abdullah periodically provides consultancy services on health improvement, global health research, and public health policy initiatives to international organizations and governments agencies.

 

Enying GongEnying Gong, MSc
Research Assistant, Duke Kunshan University
Enying Gong, MSc., is a research assistant at the Duke Kunshan University Global Health Research Center. She received her bachelor’s degree at Peking University, China and MSc in Global Health from Duke Global Health Institute. She interned at World Health Organization, Duke Hospital and the George Institute for Global Health, China prior to joining DKU. Her research interests include non-communicable diseases, injuries, mHealth etc.

 

Wanbing GuWanbing Gu
Research Coordinator, Duke Kunshan University
Wanbing Gu, MSc., is a research coordinator at the Duke Kunshan University Global Health Research Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in at China Agricultural University, China and MSc in Global Health from Duke Kunshan University. She interned at World Health Organization China Office prior to joining DKU. Her research interests include health economics, non-communicable diseases, mHealth etc.

 

JingyaoZhang Jingyao Zhang
Project Assistant
Jingyao Zhang is a project assistant in NCD Research at the Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and International Business at University of Westminster in London, UK. Before joining the Global Health Research Center, she worked under the Operations department at Duke Kunshan University.

 

Dinesh Neupane Dinesh Neupane
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Dinesh Neupane joined DKU on 01/09/2017 as a Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases (NCD) Postdoctoral Fellow. He works under the supervision of the senior faculty and independently in conducting NCD-related research projects. He received his PhD from Aarhus University, Denmark in June 2017. He has published more than 35 articles in peer reviewed journals in the last 5 years. Previously he worked for Aarhus University, World Health Organisation and JSI Research and Training, Inc. He taught Global Health elective course for public health students at Aarhus University. He co-supervised 3 MPH theses and supervised field work of 15 graduate students.

Health Policy and Systems

 

Shenglan Tang Shenglan Tang, MD, MSc, MPH, PhD
Professor, Medicine and Global Health, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University
Shenglan Tang, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University, Associate Director of DGHI for China Initiatives, and Director of the Global Health Research Center at Duke Kunshan University.  His research focuses on health systems reform, disease control and maternal and child health in China and other countries.  Tang regularly provides consultancy services on health systems strengthening to many international organizations and governments of developing countries. | View Publications 

 

Jeff Moe Jeff Moe, PhD
Professor of the Practice of Global Health at GHRC, Duke Kunshan University
His research interests include new research and development incentives for neglected tropical and infectious disease research; identification, scaling and replication of global health care delivery innovation and health care financing and payment reforms in the US health care market. Prior to joining Duke University, Moe was an executive at GlaxoSmithKline.

 

Shu ChenShu Chen, MSc
Research Analyst, Duke Kunshan University
Shu Chen, MSc is research analyst at the Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University. She received her bachelor’s degree at Peking University, China and master’s degree in global health at Duke University, US. She interned at World Health Organization (WHO), Innovations in Healthcare, US and the George Institute for Global Health, China prior to joining Duke Kunshan University in 2014. Her research interests include health system strengthening, cardiovascular diseases prevention, health outcome evaluation and healthcare delivery innovations. 

 

Weixi JiangWeixi Jiang
Research Assistant, Global Health Research Center
Weixi Jiang, Msc is Research Assistant at the Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University. She received her B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in economics from Peking University, and MSc in Global Health from Duke Global Health Institute. During her undergraduate study she worked as a research assistant at the George Institute for Global Health, focusing on chronic diseases in rural China. Her research interests include exploring the financing of health care system, assessing the impact of pharmaceutical policy and health outcome evaluation.

 

Qian Long Qian Long, MD, MPH, DMedSci
Assistant Professor, Duke Kunshan University
Her research interest and experience centres on health equity in relation to health systems development (with a focus on health financing and health services organization and delivery), including maternal and child health, tuberculosis control and non-communicable diseases management in poor areas and among vulnerable groups of China and other low- and middle-income countries. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan University, she worked in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, based in Geneva for over two years.

Environmental Health

 

Jim Zhang Jim Zhang, MS, PhD
Professor of Global and Environmental Health, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University
JIm Zhang, PhD is Professor of Global Environmental Health at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University.  His 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. He has authored 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.

 

Yuqiao Song Yuqiao Song
Research and Administrative Assistant
Yuqiao Song is Research and Administrative Assistant inProf Jim Zhang’s team at Duke Kunshan University. She received her master degree in Wuhan University and her major was environmental engineering. Now she is responsible for supporting Prof Jim Zhang to manage his research projects and Regional Ozone Sino-US Collaborative Research Center.

 

YanboTeng Yanbo Teng
Postdoctoral Fellow
Teng Yanbo is a postdoctoral fellow of the Global Health Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. He received doctoral training at department of pharmacy, National University of Singapore and expertise in organic synthesis and toxicology. Before that, he worked as a regulatory chemist in RotamCropsciences. Now his research focuses on novel biomarker development and the complex interactions between human factors and environmental exposures in order to understand how risk factors affect human health at the individual and population levels.

Emerging Infectious Diseases

 

Gregory C. Gray MD, MPH, FIDSA
Professor, Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Duke University
Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Greg Gray is a Professor at Duke University with affiliations in the Division of Infectious Diseases in Duke University’s School of Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute, and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment. His medical boards are in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Gray has conducted diverse epidemiological studies of infectious diseases for 25 years and has more than 270 peer-reviewed scientific reports or book chapters. Currently, he is running multiple “One Health” research projects or training programs in China, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mongolia, Vietnam, and the USA. 

 

Xinye Wang Xinye Wang
Research Assistant
Xinye Wang, MSc., is a research assistant at the Duke Kunshan University Global Health Research Center. She received her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University Bloomington and master's degree in Global Health from Duke University. Her research interests include assessing the zoonotic diseases or infectious diseases by applying the One Health framework, and health economic.

Visiting Faculty

 

Allan BurnsAllan Burns, PhD
Emeritus Professor, University of Florida
Visiting Professor, Duke Kunshan University

Allan is an applied anthropologist who has carried out research on indigenous health and healing in Mayan communities of Central America, among American Indian tribes, and Pacific Islanders. He has collaborated with medical researchers on health disparity research among glaucoma patients, stroke patients, and smoking initiation, and immigrant maternal and child health. He has served on technical committees of the Pan American Health Organization on indigenous people and infectious diseases, as a consultant to several Latin American Universities on reform towards intercultural university medical education, and was a founder of the UF office of Global Health to coordinate student health trips. He has led international experiences for students of anthropology, medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy.

 

Alba Amaya-Burns Alba Amaya-Burns, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University
Amaya-Burns’ primary research interests include global health disparities, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs, neglected tropical diseases, and maternal health. Her most recent work focuses on multidisciplinary interventions to reduce the burden of infectious diseases and maternal health in the poorest populations in Central America. She has worked in USAID, and also led the infectious diseases programs in El Salvador. She has provided consultancy services to PAHO/WHO on tuberculosis and as member of the Technical Advisory Group for the control of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Americas.

Center Administration

 

Kaikai YangKaikai Yang
Administrative Coordinator, Global Health Research Center
Kaikai graduated from Yunnan Normal University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in English major. Prior to joining DKU, she worked in International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) in Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University as Personal Assistant to the Dean/Deputy Dean.

 

Bingyi Wang Bingyi Wang
Administrative Assistant
Bingyi Wang is Administrative Assistant at Global Health Research Center (GHRC). Her main job responsibilities include providing administrative and operational supports to GHRC.Bingyi received her MA in Education and International Development at University College London, and her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature at Shandong University. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan University, she worked in Voith Corporate Management (Shanghai) Co. as Admin Assistant.

Additional faculty from Duke University and partner universities serve as faculty affiliates.