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I hold the position of research fellow at Climate, Air Quality Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. I hold a PhD from Monash University, awarded in 2018. My interest focuses on health effects of air pollution and climate change and their biological mechanisms. I am now conducting three studies. The first study is to examine the acute effects of air pollution and extreme climate conditions on mortality, morbidity, and adverse health outcomes, using big population data and multi-stage statistical models. The second one is to examine the long-tern effects of air pollution on chronic disease using satellite-based exposure assessment method and machine learning. This third one is to explore the epigenetic and metabolomics mechanisms for health effects of air pollution and climate change based on biological samples and testing technology. 

Since the commencement of my PhD (Oct 2015), I have published 160 peer-reviewed papers, including 50 for which I was first/corresponding-authored. 95% of the papers were published in journals ranked in the top quartile for their subject area, including Lancet Planetary Health, JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of Hepatology, Plos Medicine, and Environmental Health Perspectives. My works have been cited for 3,513 times with a h-index of 35 (source: Scopus, as at Feb 2023). My highest cited paper has 310 citations and 20 of my papers have > 50 citations. The citations have been by papers published at top journals, such as Circulation, Lancet Planetary Health, Nature Human Behaviour, Diabetes Care, and JAMA Network Open. Furthermore, I am the special issue editor of two journals: Toxics and Atmosphere, and am an active reviewer for high-ranking journals in the field of environmental science and public health. I was also invited to make oral presentations of my works, at two leading conferences on environment and health in China.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Planetary Health, PhD, Healh effects of PM1 in China

Award Date: 21 Nov 2018

Cancer epidemiology, Master of Public Health, Risk factors of lung cancer in Xuanwei, China, Peking Union Medical College

Award Date: 30 Jun 2015

Health care management, Bachelor, Awareness of health effects of smoking in hospital visits, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Award Date: 30 Jun 2012

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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