Assistant Professor, jointly appointed in Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
909 Fee Road, Room B601
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-8623 x 118
The Zhang lab studies the epidemiology of infectious diseases by analyzing genetic variations of pathogens over time, place, and across human populations and relevant reservoirs. We are interested in understanding pathogen transmission patterns that underlie infectious disease dynamics in populations. We also interested in identifying microbial factors that contribute to pathogen’s transmissibility and virulence. Another area of our research is in understanding how antibiotic resistant bacteria as well as resistance mechanisms emerge and spread in either hospitals or communities. We address these questions using a combination of laboratory and field investigations. Over the years, we have studied various pathogens associated with diarrhea, tuberculosis, otitis media, COPD, sepsis, and urinary tract infections. Dr. Zhang has a dual appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.