Dr. Kai Zhang

University at Albany, United States

Featured Speech: Environment and COVID: Evidence from Weather, Air Pollution and Green space

Biography:

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University at Albany, United States

Kai Zhang, MS, MA, PhD is an Empire Innovation Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Zhang received a PhD degree in Environmental Health and a MA degree in Statistics at the University of Michigan, and a MS degree and a BS a degree in Environmental Engineering in Tsinghua and Southeast University in China, respectively. Dr. Zhang’s research interest focuses on characterizing climate-related exposures, reducing the human health effects associated with disasters, and exploring the role of environmental stressors (air pollution, natural environment, built environment and social environment) in relation to chronic diseases. His expertise includes exposure science, air quality, environmental and occupational epidemiology, GIS, statistics and data science.

Abstract:

COVID-19 poses an unpredictable and massive impact on public health globally. This talk will focus on revealing the complex relationship between total environment (natural, built, and social environment) and COVID using epidemiological methods, data science approaches, and big data analysis. In particular, we will demonstrate the role of weather parameters and air pollution in the transmission of COVID, and how the pandemic changes human behavior to access green spaces and parks. The approaches highlighted throughout the talk are applicable to epidemiological studies, risk assessment, and public health actions.

Abstract

Dr. Kai Zhang

COVID-19 poses an unpredictable and massive impact on public health globally. This talk will focus on revealing the complex relationship between total environment (natural, built, and social environment) and COVID using epidemiological methods, data science approaches, and big data analysis. In particular, we will demonstrate the role of weather parameters and air pollution in the transmission of COVID, and how the pandemic changes human behavior to access green spaces and parks. The approaches highlighted throughout the talk are applicable to epidemiological studies, risk assessment, and public health actions.