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Rongbin is a Postdoc research fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University where he also finished his PhD training during 2018.9-2021.12. His research focus on evaluating the health and epigenetic impacts of air pollution, outdoor temperature, built environment. Since 2018, he has contributed to over 65 peer-reviewed publications, including many papers as the first or co-first author published on NEJM, Lancet Planetary Health, JAMA Pediatrics, PloS Medicine, Environmental Health Perspective, Environment International, Environmental Pollution. His work has reached global media coverage (e.g., New York Times, CNN) and demonstrated social and policy impacts (referenced by WHO, the Parliament of Australia, etc). His research has been recognized by many competitive awards, including the Toxics 2021 Best PhD thesis Award, PhD Excellence Award from Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia, PhD Top-up funding from The Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research in Australia, Monash  Postgraduate Publications Award, ISEE 2021 registration award, ISEE Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (BEEP) Award - Honorable Mentions, Australasian Epidemiological Association bursary award for World Congress of Epidemiology, Travel award of 2019 DoHaD World Congress. Since 2021, he has secured about $530k competitive fundings in total from MRFF, NHMRC CRE, VICHealth, and Monash University as a chief investigator, including $330k funding as the project leader. 

Research interests

Environmental Epidemiology; Epigenetic Epidemiology; Climate Change, Air pollution and Health; Built Environment and Health; Exposure assessment using Machine Leaning and Spatial and GIS techniques; Child and Adolescent Health; Biostatistics

Community service

Served as a peer reviewer for Nature; Lancet Planetary Health; PLOS Medicine; BMC Medicine; Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific; Environment International; Science of Total Environment; Environmental Research; The Innovation; Chemosphere; Sustainable Cities and Society; International Journal of Biometeorology; Urban Climate.  Member of the International Epidemiological Association, Australasian Epidemiological Association, and International Society of Environmental Epidemiology.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research Assisstant, University of Melbourne

1 May 202111 Oct 2021

Research area keywords

  • Climate Change and Health
  • Epigenetics
  • Air pollution and Health
  • Built environment and Health
  • Environmental Epidemiology

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