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.

Health Policy and Systems

 

Chee Ruey Hsieh Chee Ruey Hsieh, MA, PhD
Research Professor, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University
Chee-Ruey Hsieh, PhD is Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute. An expert in health economics and applied microeconomics, his research focuses on: health care financing; pharmaceutical policy and access to medicines; the effectiveness of disease prevention strategies and policies; and health care and health outcome evaluation.  Most of his research takes place in China, India, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia. 

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.

 

Weixi JiangDi Dong, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Di Dong, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Health Policy and Systems Group since July 2015. Di Dong received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the National University of Singapore, and PhD in Health Services and Systems Research (concentration: Health Economics) from the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School. She has conducted research in health economic evaluations and health policies related to genetic testing and new medical technologies, understanding patients’ preferences and medical decision making, applying behavioral economics in health care, and nutritional epidemiology. Her main research interests are health systems reforms with a special focus on health financing and health economics.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Keith DearKeith Dear, MA, MSc, PhD
Research Professor, Duke University
Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University
Director of Graduate Studies in Global Health, DKU
Keith Dear received his MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and his MSc and PhD in Applied Statistics from Reading University, UK. His disciplinary background is in biostatistics as applied to clinical trials, environmental epidemiology, and health impact assessment and projection. Dear’s current research focuses on global environmental health, especially how climate change impacts on ill health from air temperature and air pollution, and on vector-borne disease. He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications. He is an associate editor of Environmental Health Perspectives, and a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

 

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.

 
 

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. 

 

Qianli Wang PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Qianli Wang, PhD joined the DKU “One Health” research program as a postdoctoral fellow in the Global Health Center in August 2016. Dr. Wang received her PhD in Epidemiology from Fudan University in 2014. She performed thesis research on the serological study of Chinese poultry workers for evidence of avian influenza virus infection.  Afterwards, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow in Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Science under Academician George Fu Gao. She distinguished herself as a postdoc by winning a Chinese NSF grant to study the China’s avian influenza virus epidemics and the immune response of Chinese poultry workers to these viruses. She will continue her Chinese NSF work at DKU where she now serves as the DKU “One Health” research laboratory manager.  Along with Prof. Gray will guide DKU students in tackling emerging infectious disease problems in China, especially those problems involving respiratory viruses.

Affiliated and Visiting Faculty

 

William Pan William Pan, PhD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Health at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University
His research interest focuses on population, health, and environmental interactions in developing countries, with particular interest in translational research directed toward sustainable development activities and global environmental health.

 

Rukmini Balu Rukmini Balu, PhD, MBA
Director of Strategy and Partnership Development, Duke Medicine Global
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke Global Health Institute

Her interests include healthcare strategy, healthcare reform and reimbursement, and the health and economic implications of non-communicable diseases, especially in emerging economies.

 

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.

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.

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