Biography

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, working with Dr. Joel Schwartz. I graduated from Harvard University in 2021 with a PhD in Environmental Health, where I completed my dissertation focusing on developing epidemiologic methods to investigate causal effects of air pollution and climate change on human health and specifically on mortality and hospital admissions. My current research lies in the following three areas:

  • Assessing causal effects of air and climate mixtures on mortality and comorbidities including cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and neurological disorders;

  • Identifying co-occurrence of individual-level, environmental, and societal factors that ameliorate or exacerbate the effects of the environmental mixtures;

  • Evaluating and correcting for the bias in health effect estimates caused by exposure measurement error.

Long term, my research goal is to generate robust evidence of how environmental threats impact population health and susceptibility by leveraging large-scale datasets, including highly spatiotemporally resolved air and climate data, geocoded longitudinal health records, and contextual risk factors.

 

My research has been published in high-status, peer-reviewed journals such as BMJ, AJRCCMEnvironmental Health Perspectives, Nature Energy, Circulation, The Lancet Planetary Health and has attracted mainstream media coverage such as in CNN, Reuters, The Guardian, ABC News.

 

 

Awards

  • 2022 – 2023 Harvard NIEHS P30 Center Pilot Project “Differential Effects of Ambient Multipollutant Exposures on Cancer Mortality, Recurrence, and Comorbidities by Contextual Characteristics: A Pilot Analysis of SEER-Medicare” (Role: PI).

  • 2022 Top 4 Finalist of Lilienfeld Postdoctoral Prize Paper Award, SER Annual Conference.

  • 2022 Postdoctoral Travel Award, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

  • 2021 Outstanding Abstract Early Career Researcher, ISEE Annual Conference.

  • 2021 Student and PostDoc Committee Travel Scholarship, SER Annual Conference.

  • 2020 – 2021 Pedagogy Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

  • 2020 Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Award, ISEE Annual Conference.

 

Contact

Landmark Center 4th Floor West, Room 404C

401 Park Drive

Boston, MA 02215

Phone: +1 917-455-8527

Email: weiyg@hsph.harvard.edu