Junfeng ZhangJunfeng Zhang

Junfeng (Jim) Zhang is a Professor of Environmental and Global Health in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine at USC. Prior to joining the USC faculty in 2010, Dr. Zhang served as Associate Dean for Global Health, at School of Public Health- University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Zhang received a PhD in Public Health and Environmental Sciences jointly from Rutgers University and UMDNJ, a MS in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers, a MS in Atmospheric Chemistry and a BS in Applied Chemistry both from Peking University in Beijing, China.


Dr. Zhang’s research interests include assessing human exposures to environmental contaminants and resulting health effects, developing biomarkers of human exposure and health effects, estimating health and greenhouse gas impacts of small-combustion devices such as household stoves used in developing countries, and examining gene-environment interactions to identify susceptible populations and to help examine biological mechanism. He has (co)authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Zhang’s laboratory uses HPLC-MS-MS and other analytical chemistry tools to measure environmental chemicals, their metabolites, DNA-adducts, and/or protein-adducts. Particularly his laboratory developed a passive-sampling method for measuring trace-level airborne acrolein and a novel biomarker of diesel exhaust exposure. Dr. Zhang has been leading large observational studies to investigate biological mechanisms of air pollution health effects using both biochemistry tools and epidemiological approaches. He is the principal investigator and director of two multidisciplinary centers addressing potential health and environmental impacts of engineered nanomaterials.