Lei Zhu

Research scientist examines atmospheric pollutants and impact on public health

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Lei Zhu

School of Public Health
Department: Environmental Health Sciences

Statistics; pollution and health

Campus phone: (518) 474-6846
Campus email: lzhu@albany.edu


Dr. Lei Zhu obtained her B.S. in chemistry from Fudan University in China, and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University in 1991. She was an Enrico Fermi Scholar at Argonne National Laboratory from 1991 to 1993. Dr. Zhu joined the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health as a research scientist in 1993 and started her independent research program in atmospheric chemistry. She is a full professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at UAlbany.

Dr. Zhu’s research is aimed at understanding what controls the atmosphere’s energy balance and how chemical reactions impact composition, pollutant and oxidant formation in the earth’s environment. Her research interests include tropospheric chemistry, kinetics and photochemistry of homogeneous and heterogeneous atmospheric reactions, atmospheric radiation study, new technique development, atmospheric application of cavity ring-down spectroscopy and its novel variants as well as time-resolved FTIR.