Tongzhang Zheng DSc

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor (Adjunct) of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Departments & Organizations

Environmental InfluencesCancer Prevention and ControlSchool of Public Health: Global Health ConcentrationCancer Prevention and Control


Tongzhang Zheng is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology. He also holds Adjunct Professor positions at Lanzhou University in China, Dundee University in Great Britain and the Huazhong Science and Technology University in China. He is a Senior Research Scientist with the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon, France. He was the Chairman (or Head) for the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and was a Senior Advisor to the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Dr. Zheng currently directs two NIH Fogarty training programs at Yale in partnership with the Chinese Institute of National Environmental Health Sciences and China’s National Cancer Center to train Chinese scientists in environmental health, environmental epidemiology, biostatistics, cancer epidemiology and genetics.

Dr. Zheng earned a Sc.D. in epidemiology from Harvard University, with minors in environmental health sciences and biostatistics, and a medical degree from the Tongji Medical School, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Zheng has authored or co-authored over 300 articles/book chapters and co-edited the textbook, Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He has served on several committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO), including the Committees to Review the Worker and Public Health Activities Program Administered by the Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services; the Expert Panel on Persian Gulf War and Health; the Human Health Effects from Chernobyl Radiation Exposure; Circadian Disruption and Human Health; and the Hair Dye Exposure and Human Cancer Risk. He has also served on several editorial boards including the European Journal of Cancer, Journal of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics, Journal of Environmental and Public Health, and Journal of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.

Zheng is the principal investigator for several epidemiological studies in the United States, including epidemiological studies of breast cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma and testis cancer. He has conducted or collaborated various epidemiological studies in China including epidemiological studies of breast cancer; liver cancer; lung cancer; asthma; air pollution and adverse birth outcomes; He is currently building three large cohort studies by collaborating with the scientists from China National Cancer Center and several universities in China (including Jingchuan Metal Exposure Cohort Study; A Cohort Study in Kailuan Coal Industry; and A Birth Cohort Study of Prenatal Exposure and Children's Health); stove intervention and respiratory diseases; air pollution intervention during Beijing Olympics and human health; prenatal exposure to metals, organochlorines and PAHs and low birth weights; and an experimental study of prenatal exposure to circadian disruption and development in rats.


  • D.Sc., Harvard University , 1990

Selected Publication

  • Conde L, Halperin E, Brown KM, Smedby KE, Rothman N, Nieter A, Slager SL, Brooks-Wilson A, Agana L, Akers NK, Riby J, Adami H, Chang ET, Darabi H, Glimelius B, Hjalgri H, Humphreys K, Liu L, Low HQ, Melbye M, Cozen W, Davis S, Hartge P, Morton LM, Schenk M, Wang SS, Armstrong B, Kricker A, Milliken S, Purdue MP, Vajdic CM, Boyle P, Lan Q, Zahm S, Zhang Y, Zheng T, et al. Genome-wide association study identifies novel HLA-DQB1 risk alleles specific to follicular lymphoma. Nat Genet. 2010;42(8):661-4.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Honorary M.A., Yale University(2007)