Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

Tongzhang Zheng

Professor of Epidemiology


Dr. Zheng comes to Brown from Yale University School of Public Health where he was the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology and the Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health for the past 12 years. Dr. Zheng earned a Sc.D. in epidemiology from Harvard University and a medical degree from the Tongji Medical School, Huazhong University of Science and Technology.  Dr. Zheng has been conducting epidemiological research to investigate the relationship between environmental exposures, genetic polymorphisms, epigenetic factors and gene-environment interactions in the risk of various cancers in the US and in China.  Dr. Zheng has authored or co-authored over 380 articles and book chapters and co-edited the textbook, Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  He has been leading two Fogarty training programs in China and he is currently building three large cohort studies in China.  He is currently the Chief Scientific Advisor for China National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and he has served as a senior advisor and member on several committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO).