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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.
  • Visiting Research Scientist

    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.
  • Postdoctoral Associate; 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.
  • Rhea is a junior at Yale College, majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Human Health and the Environment. She is interested in how climate change affects various populations' health, and policies that can be implemented to improve public health. Her current project involves investigating the relationship between wildfire air pollution data and other demographic data. She previously analyzed environmental data for the 2022 Environmental Performance Index.
  • Postgraduate Fellow

    Pak Hung Lam is a visiting doctoral student in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. As an applied micro-economist, he employs econometrics, machine learning, and randomized controlled trials to examine significant issues relating to health and the environment on a worldwide scale. His research focuses on the impact of climate change, pollution, and infrastructure on both short-term and long-term health and demographic outcomes. He has analyzed data from various countries, including China, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States, in order to address these questions.
  • 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: Climate Epidemiology, Climate Change and Health

    Caroline is a first-year MPH student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in how climate-related exposures and environmental inequalities influence the health outcomes of populations, and how mitigation and adaptation strategies can be used to protect and enhance the health of communities most vulnerable to climate impacts. Caroline developed an interest in public health research while working in women’s population health promotion and in drowning prevention. She received a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 2020, and worked at a mental health nonprofit prior to pursuing her graduate studies.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Xuguo Zhang is currently a Visiting Associate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. He holds a BSc and an MS degree in Applied Mathematics from Xi’an Jiaotong University and University College London, respectively. In August 2020, he received his PhD in Air Quality Modeling and Data Assimilation from a cross-disciplinary program at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where he was supervised by Chair Prof. Jimmy Fung. Following his PhD, he became a Hong Kong Research Talent Hub (RTH) Postdoc Fellow and later a Research Associate, still working with Prof. Fung's air quality modeling group in the Department of Mathematics at HKUST. Dr. Zhang's research interests include multi-scale air quality modeling, health exposure science, data analysis and assimilation, dynamic emission projection and mitigation, and the interactions between climate change, air quality, and health exposure.