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Yifang Zhu

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Environmental Health SciencesFull Time
Contact Information

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South, 51-295B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Research Lab

Zhu Research Group at UCLA

Dr. Yifang Zhu serves as professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She graduated from Tsinghua University in 1997 and received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from UCLA in 2003. Her research interest is primarily in the field of air pollution, environmental exposure assessment, and aerosol science and technology. Specifically, she is interested in quantitative exposure/risk assessments on ultrafine particles from various indoor and outdoor sources. Her current research focuses on measuring and modeling ultrafine particle emissions, transport, and transformation on and near roadways as well as in various indoor environments.  Her scholarship and creativity has been recognized by several national awards, including the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award from the Health Effects Institute in 2007, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation in 2009, and the Haagen-Smit Prize from Atmosphere Environment in 2011.Dr. Zhu was appointed to California Air Resource Board (CARB)’s Research Screening Committee in January 2014.

PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
BS, Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University,
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Selected Publications: 

2011 Haagen-Smit Prize.

Grace Ji, Bingbing Sun, Tongke Zhao, Shi Shu, Chong Hyun Chang, Tian Xia, Yifang Zhu, and Shen Hu “Characterization of electronic cigarette aerosols and their induction of oxidative stress response in oral keratinocytes” 2016, PLOS ONE 11(5): e0154447. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154447

Yan Lin, Xinghua Qiu, Yiqiu Ma, Junxia Wang, Yusheng Wu, Limin Zeng, Min Hu, Tong Zhu, and Yifang Zhu “A novel approach for apportionment between primary and secondary sources of airborne nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (NPAHs)” 2016, Atmospheric Environment, 138: 108–113

Tongke Zhao, Shi Shu, Qiuju Guo, and Yifang Zhu “Effects of design parameters and puff topography on heating coil temperature and mainstream aerosols in electronic cigarettes” 2016, Atmospheric Environment, 134, 61–69.

Yan Lin, Xinghua Qiu, Nu Yu, Qiaoyun Yang, Jesus Araujo, and Yifang Zhu “Urinary Metabolites of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and the Association with Lipid Peroxidation: A Biomarker-Based Study between Los Angeles and Beijing” 2016, Environmental Science and Technology, 50 (7) :3738-45. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b04629. PMID: 26913796.

Shanshan Shi, Shihao Zhu, Eon S Lee, Bin Zhao, and Yifang Zhu “Performance of Wearable Ionization Air Cleaners: Ozone Emission and Particle Removal” 2016, Aerosol Sci Technol, 50: 211-221.

Jianlin Ren, Junjie Liu, Shengxiong Ren, Bin Xu, and Yifang Zhu “A study of ambient fine particles at Tianjin International Airport, China”, 2016, Science of the Total Environment, 556:126-35. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.186.

Shi Shu, Christina Batteate, Brian Cole, John Froines, and Yifang Zhu “Air quality impacts of a CicLAvia event in Downtown Los Angeles, CA”, 2016, Environmental Pollution, Volume 208, Part A: 170–176.

Shi Shu, Nu Yu, Yueyan Wang, and Yifang Zhu “Measuring and modeling air exchange rates inside taxi cabs in Los Angeles, California” 2015, Atmospheric Environment 122: 628-635.

Eon Lee, Michael Stenstrom, and Yifang Zhu “Ultrafine Particle Infiltration into Passenger Vehicles, Part I: Experimental Evidence” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 2015, pp. 156-165 DOI information: 10.1016/j.trd.2015.04.025.

Eon Lee, Michael Stenstrom, and Yifang Zhu “Ultrafine Particle Infiltration into Passenger Vehicles, Part II: Model Analysis” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 2015, pp. 144-155 DOI information: 10.1016/j.trd.2014.11.005.

Nu Yu, Yifang Zhu, Xiaosen Xie, Caiqing Yan, Tong Zhu, and Mei Zheng “Characterization of Ultrafine Particles and Other Traffic Related Pollutants near Roadways in Beijing” Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 2015, 15:4 (doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2014.11.0295).

Caiqing Yan, Mei Zheng, Qiaoyun Yang, Qunfang Zhang, Xinghua Qiu, Yanjun Zhang, Huaiyu Fu, Xiaoying Li, Tong Zhu, and Yifang Zhu “Commuter Exposure to Particulate Matter and Particle-bound PAHs in Three Transportation Modes in Beijing, China” Environmental Pollution, 2015, 199-206.

David Quiros, Sherry Zhang, Satya Sardar, Michael Kamboures, David Eiges, Mang Zhang, Heejung Jung, Michael McCarthy, M.-C. Oliver Chang, Alberto Ayala, Yifang Zhu, Tao Huai, and Shaohua Hu, “Measuring Particulate Emissions of Light Duty Passenger Vehicles Using Integrated Particle Size Distribution (IPSD)” Environmental Science and Technology, 2015, 49, 5618−5627. 

Eon Lee, David Fung, and Yifang Zhu “Evaluation of a High Efficiency Cabin Air (HECA) Filtration System for Reducing Particulate Pollutants Inside School Buses” Environmental Science and Technology, 2015 49 (6), pp 3358–3365.

Fei Li, Eon Lee, Junjie Liu, and Yifang Zhu “Predicting self-pollution inside school buses using a CFD and multi-zone coupled model” 2015, Atmospheric Environment. 107: 16 – 23

Shi Shu, David C. Quiros, Rui Wang, and Yifang Zhu “Changes of street use and on-road air quality before and after complete street retrofit: An exploratory case study in Santa Monica, California” 2014, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment for publication, 32: 387–396. 

Eon S. Lee and Yifang Zhu “Application of a high-efficiency cabin air filter for simultaneous mitigation of ultrafine particle and carbon dioxide exposures inside passenger vehicles”, 2014, Environmental Science and Technology, 48(4):2328-35. doi: 10.1021/es404952q

David Fung, Shi Shu, and Yifang Zhu “Ultrafine Particles Generated from Coloring with Scented Markers in the Presence of Ozone”, 2014, Indoor Air, 24: 503–510.

Jun Liu, David Fung, Jingkun Jiang, and Yifang Zhu “Ultrafine Particle Emissions from Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Products”, 2014, Indoor Air, 24: 327–335.

Regan F. Patterson, Qunfang Zhang, Mei Zheng, and Yifang Zhu “Particle Deposition in Respiratory Tracts of School-Aged Children”, 2014, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 14: 64–73.

Qunfang Zhang, Jessica Avalos, and Yifang Zhu “Fine and ultrafine particle emissions from microwave popcorn”, 2014, Indoor Air, Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 190–198.

Qunfang Zhang, Heidi Fischer, Robert E. Weiss, and Yifang Zhu “Ultrafine Particle Concentrations in and around Idling School Buses”, 2013, Atmospheric Environment. 69: 65-75.

Bin Xu and Yifang Zhu “Investigation on lowering commuters’ in-cabin exposure to ultrafine particles”, 2013, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 18: 122-130.

Eon S. Lee, Andrea Polidori, Michael Koch, Philip M. Fine, Ahmed Mehadi, Donald Hammond, Jeffery N. Wright, Antonio. H. Miguel, Alberto Ayala, and Yifang Zhu “Water-based Condensation Particle Counters Comparison near a Major Freeway with Significant Heavy-Duty Diesel Traffic”, 2013, Atmospheric Environment. 68: 151-161.

David Quiros, Qunfang Zhang, Wonsik Choi, Meilu He, Suzanne Paulson, Arthur Winer, Rui Wang, and Yifang Zhu “Air Quality Impacts of a Scheduled 36-hour Closure of a Major Highway”, 2013, Atmospheric Environment. 67:404-414.

Eon S. Lee, Bin Xu, and Yifang Zhu “Measurements of Ultrafine Particles Carrying Different Number of Charges in On- and Near-Freeway Environments”, 2012, Atmospheric Environment. 60: 564-572.

Qunfang Zhang and Yifang Zhu “Characterizing Ultrafine Particles and Other Air Pollutants at Five Schools in South Texas”, 2012, Indoor Air, 22: 33–42.

Yifang Zhu, Elinor Fanning, RC Yu, Qunfang Zhang, and John Froines “Aircraft emissions and local air quality impacts from takeoff activities at a large International Airport”, 2011 Atmospheric Environment, 45: 6526-6533.

Qunfang Zhang and Yifang Zhu “Performance of School Bus Retrofit Systems: Ultrafine Particles and Other Vehicular Pollutants”, 2011, Environmental Science and Technology, 45: 6475–6482.  

Yungang Wang, Philip K. Hopke, Oliver V. Rattigan and Yifang Zhu “Characterization of ambient black carbon and wood burning particles in two urban areas”, 2011, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 13:1919-1926.

Bin Xu, Shusen Liu, Junjie Liu and Yifang Zhu “Effects of vehicle cabin filter efficiency on ultrafine particle concentration ratios measured in-cabin and on-roadway”, 2011, Aerosol Science and Technology, 45:215–224.

Shusen Liu and Yifang Zhu “A case study of exposure to ultrafine particles from secondhand tobacco smoke in an automobile”, 2010, Indoor Air, 20 (5): 412–423.

Qunfang Zhang, Roja Haritha, David Ramirez, and Yifang Zhu “Measurement of Ultrafine Particles and Other Air Pollutants Emitted by Cooking Activities”, 2010, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7: 1744-1759. 

Chengjue Li, Shusen Liu and Yifang Zhu “Determining Ultrafine Particle Collection Efficiency in a Nanometer Aerosol Sampler”, 2010, Aerosol Science and Technology, 44: 11, 1027-1041.

Qunfang Zhang and Yifang Zhu Measurements of Ultrafine Particles and Other Vehicular Pollutants inside School buses in rural South Texas roadways. Atmospheric Environment 2010; 44(2): 253-261.

Bin Xu, Shusen Liu and Yifang Zhu particle penetration through idealized vehicle cracks. Journal of Aerosol Science 2010; 41: 859-868.

Yifang Zhu, Jayanth Pudota, Allison DenBleyker, Edward Michel, Matthew P. Fraser, Donald Collins, Elena McDonal-Buller, Yuling Jia, Andrea Clements and David Allen Air Pollutant Concentrations near Three Texas Roadways, Part I: Ultrafine Particles. Atmospheric Environment 2009; 43: 4513-4522.

Bin Xu and Yifang Zhu Quantitative analysis of the parameters affecting in-cabin to on-roadway (I/O) ultrafine particle concentration ratios. Aerosol Science and Technology 2009; 43: 400-410.

Longwen Gong, Bin Xu and Yifang Zhu Ultrafine Particles Deposition inside Passenger Vehicles. Aerosol Science and Technology 2009; 43: 544-553.

Yifang Zhu, David Fung, Nola Kennedy, Arantza Eiguren-Fernandez, William C. Hinds Measurements of Ultrafine Particles and Other Vehicular Pollutants inside a Mobile Exposure System on Los Angeles Freeways. J. of Air and Waste Management Association 2008; 58: 424-434.

Teresa L. Barone and Yifang Zhu Morphology of ultrafine particles on and near freeways. Atmospheric Environment 2008; 42: 6749-6758.

Yifang Zhu, Arantza Eiguren-Fernandez, William C. Hinds, Antonio H. Miguel -cabin commuter exposure to ultrafine particles on Los Angeles freeways. Environmental Science and Technology 2007; 41: 2138-2145.

Yifang Zhu, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Mayo, and William C. Hinds Comparison of Daytime and Nighttime Concentration Profiles and Size Distributions of Ultrafine Particles near a Major Highway. Environmental Science and Technology 2006; 40: 2531-2536.

Yifang Zhu, Nu Yu, William C. Hinds and Thomas Kuhn Comparison of P-trak and condensation particle counters. Aerosol Science and Technology 2006; 40: 422-430.

Yifang Zhu, William C. Hinds, Margaret Krudysz, Thomas Kuhn, John F. Froines, and Constantinos Sioutas Penetration of freeway ultrafine particles into indoor environments. Journal of Aerosol Science 2005; 36: 303-322.

Yifang Zhu and William C. Hinds Predicting Particle Number Concentrations near a Highway based on Vertical Concentration Profile. Atmospheric Environment 2005; 39: 1557-1566.

Yifang Zhu, William C. Hinds, Si Shen and Constantinos Seasonal Trends of Concentration and Size Distribution of Ultrafine Particles near Major Highways in Los Angeles. Aerosol Science and Technology 2004; 38 (Supplement 1): 5-13.

Yifang Zhu, William C. Hinds, Seongheon Kim and Constantinos Sioutas Concentration and size distribution of ultrafine particles near a major highway. J. of Air and Waste Management Association 2002; 52: 1032-1042.

Yifang Zhu, William C. Hinds, Si Shen, Seongheon Kim and Constantinos Sioutas Study of Ultrafine Particles near a Major Highway with Heavy-duty Diesel Traffic. Atmospheric Environment 2002; 36: 4323-4335.