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Kai Chen, PhD

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

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Kai Chen, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Environmental Health Sciences

    60 College Street, PO Box 208034

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



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.

Education & Training

  • Humboldt Postdoc Fellow
    Helmholtz Zentrum München (2019)
  • PhD
    Nanjing University, Environmental Science and Engineering (2016)
  • BSc
    Nanjing University, Environmental Sciences (2011)

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