Tongzhang Zheng, Sc.D., professor of epidemiology at the Brown School of Public Health, will deliver a lecture, “The Challenge of Studying the Fetal Origin Hypothesis of Human Diseases,” at noon on Wednesday, April 18, in Room 1501, Salus Center.
Zheng earned his doctor of science degree in epidemiology from Harvard University in 1990 and a medical degree from the Tongji Medical School, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He was the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology and the Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health.
Zheng was recruited by Brown University in 2015 where he is the founding director for Brown-China Center for Environmental Health Sciences. 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 United States and in China. He has authored or co-authored over 426 articles and book chapters and co-edited the textbook, Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He has been leading two Fogarty training programs in China and is currently building three large cohort studies in China. His current research interest focuses on the cancer fetal origin hypothesis, that is, some human cancers may originate in utero.