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INFORMATION FOR

Our Team

  • Principal Investigator

    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health); Director of Research, Climate Change and Health; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

    Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering in 2016 from Nanjing University in China. During 2014-2015, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Yale School of Public Health faculty in July 2019, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Fellow at Helmholtz Zentrum München-German Center for Environmental Health.Dr. Chen’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change, air pollution, and human health. His work involves applying multidisciplinary approaches in climate and air pollution sciences, exposure assessment, and environmental epidemiology to investigate how climate change may impact human health. Much of this work has been done in China, Europe, and the U.S.
  • Dr. Jie Ban received her Ph.D. in Occupational and Environmental Health in 2021 from Peking University in China. Prior to her visit to Yale School of Public Health, she worked as a faculty in the National Institute of Environmental Health, Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) ever since 2013.Dr. Ban’s research mainly focuses on the health impact of air pollution and climate change in China. Her work involves investigating the association between human health outcomes and environmental factors, including air pollution, temperature, and extreme weather. She is also interested in the projection of future health risks related to air pollution and climate change by applying multidisciplinary approaches of epidemiology and environmental science.
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Climate Change and Health

    Lingzhi Chu is a doctoral student in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests include characterizing risks to human health from weather exposure (e.g. temperature and humidity) with climate change. Lingzhi has a background in environmental science and engineering, climate change modeling and epidemiology, and she is also broadly interested in the interactive relationship between urbanization and climate change.
  • Graduate Assistant, Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE)

    Emily is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Climate Change and Health. Her focus is on preventative health through equitable access to environmental resources, including healthy, sustainably produced food, clean water and air, and green space. She is most interested in exploring the relationship between the environment and mental health, the health co-benefits of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the environmental benefits of equitable and sustainable global food systems.
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Climate Change and Health

    Yiqun Ma is a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in the intersection of climate change, air pollution, and human health, such as heat-related cause-specific mortality and the effects of air pollution on mental health. She also hopes to learn more about the exposure assessment of air pollution and air temperature. Yiqun holds a Bachelor of Management Sciences from Zhejiang University, China.
  • YCCCH Fellow: CHEN Lab Climate Health Equity, Climate Change and Health

    Mitchell is a first year MPH student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. He is interested in the intersection of climate change and human health, specifically the individual, structural and environmental determinants of climate vulnerability among disadvantaged populations. Mitchell studied Healthcare Management at the University of Connecticut and received a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in May of 2021. He also participated in YSPH’s Summer Research Experience in Environmental Health (SREEH) program in 2020, conducting a heat vulnerability assessment for the State of Connecticut.
  • Julia is a third-year MEM, MPH student at the Yale School of the Environment and in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in the nexus of climate change mitigation policies and community health. Julia is now exploring the health and air quality co-benefits of carbon pricing schemes. Her prior experience includes global climate policy work at an environmental NGO and environmental auditing on carbon pricing and just transition with the Canadian federal government.
  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Pin Wang earned his Ph.D. degree in Public Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016. Prior to joining the Yale School of Public Health, Dr.Wang served as a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Public Health and Primary Care, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He participated in several projects on environmental epidemiology, such as short-term associations between weather variations and certain enteric infectious diseases, the long-term impact of urban built environment on mortality in a densely populated setting, and projecting future temperature-related mortality in the 21st century using annual data under different climate change scenarios. His primary research interests include the impact of both short-term weather variations and long-term climate change on population health, the interaction of human adaptation, statistical methodology in environmental epidemiology modeling, the interplay between climate change and air pollution and its impact on health, and climate justice.