Category: Research

Junior Faculty Research Seminar Series-01

Dr. Qian Long, Assistant professor of Global Health is scheduled to give a seminar to introduce her idea for a grant proposal in October (see below). Please email if you want to get the Zoom link.

Presentation date& time: Oct 23 9am-10am Beijing time / October 22 9pm – 10m EST via Zoom
• 9:00 -9:30 presentation
• 9:30-10:00 Q&A

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top ten global causes of death leading to 1.4 million deaths in 2018. In the era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Health Organization (WHO) End TB strategy laid out milestones and targets that include by 2030 90% reduction in the number of TB deaths and 80% reduction in TB incidence compared with 2015, and no TB-affected families facing catastrophic payment for TB. The COVID-19 pandemic globally has devastated effects on TB responses. A modelling analysis in TB high-burden countries suggested an additional 6.3 million cases of TB and an additional 1.4 million TB deaths between 2020 and 2025.

TB is a disease of poverty disproportionately afflicting more socio-economically vulnerable people, like rural-to-urban migrants who also have the least access to health services. We propose a study concept to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the access to, utilization and outcome of TB treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic periods in China and Vietnam, with a focus on the intersectionality analysis of gender and rural-to-urban migrant status and other social determinants in order to develop evidence-based policy recommendations for strengthening TB response in the era of COVID-19 pandemic and improving health and gender equality in TB. This study will consist of scoping review in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on TB responses in TB high burden countries, questionnaire surveys with TB patients and qualitative interviews with key stakeholders. We anticipate impacts via shared good practices and lessons learned from cross-country collaborations.

  • Greg Gray, Professor of Medicine, Duke
  • Shenglan Tang, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans International Distinguished Professor, Duke
  • Osondu Ogbuoji, Assistant Research Professor of Global Health, Duke

2020 Social Science Mini-Retreat

We cordially invite you to attend an Online, Social Sciences Retreat, with a view to making connections and developing possible research collaborations with other JV Universities from October 30th to October 31st.Below is the brief schedule for the event. For more details, please see event schedule.

Please email to get Zoom links.


External Funding & Funding Advisory Groups

Finding and applying for external funding at DKU can be challenging, especially for non-Chinese citizens. Xin Li, Associate Dean for Research, has assembled four advisory groups below to provide guidance to faculty who wish to apply for external funding:

  1. SS and A&H;
  2. Natural Sciences
  3. Non-Government Organizations (NGO)
  4. Proposal Translation

The purpose of this retreat is to introduce the first three advisory groups and to talk about how to take advantage of funding opportunities for these disciplines. The sessions are on three consecutive days. You may attend, one, two or all three of the sessions.

Link to Event Schedule

Please register with to get zoom links

Research Info Session


This session will cover areas like:
1. What you should be aware of when applying for and using funds from Chinese Government agencies
2. What PIs should be aware of when working with companies, private institutions and international NGOs
3. University policies and best practice recommendations regarding intellectual property and intellectual property rights in projects sponsored by government, NGOs and industry
4. Ethical and regulatory compliance including IRB, IACUC, data management and export control

Please mark this event on your own calendar.

SEPTEMBER 25th 2020 *Beijing: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
SEPTEMBER 24th 2020  US EST: 9:00 – 10:00 PM

ZOOM ID 9577 1770 634

For those who are on DKU campus, please attend the workshop in the Academic Building AB 3103 at the same time.

*Due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this Faculty Workshop will be hybrid.

*Please email if you’d like to get the speaker’s slides or recording link.

2020 FSTA Recipients

Kai Huang, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Physics

Received an FSTA award to support a project entitled “the Influence of Gravity on Granular Drag” The project, a collaboration with the University of Navarra, Spain, aims to gain a better understanding of drag force induced by granular materials such as powders and grains. The first part of this project was published in Scientific Reports, in 2020. Granular materials are the most abundant materials on other planets, gaining Huang’s project the attention of the Chinese Space Program. Dr. Huang has a PhD in Physical Acoustics from Nanjing University; he joined DKU in 2019 and currently chairs the Division of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Zach Fredman, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of History

Received an FSTA award to support the completion of a book entitled “Uneasy Allies: China and the United States before Mao” edited by Dr. Fredman, and to fund a conference for the co-editors and authors in the United States. Fredman’s book is expected to be published by the Cambridge University Press, UK. Dr. Fredman has a Ph.D. in History from Boston University, MA; he joined DKU in 2018.

Xiaofei Pan, Ph.D.  Lecturer in Chinese Language

Received an FSTA award to support her travel to a Summer Institute for Teachers organized by Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at University of Minnesota. CARLA Summer Institutes are professional workshops for language educators, to enhance their ability to develop communicative tasks, rubrics, and assessment tools for student performance on a variety of tasks in a target language. Dr. Pan received her Ph.D in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) from the University of Iowa; she joined DKU in 2019.

Faculty Undergraduate Student Collaborative Research

UG Office offers a Faculty and Undergraduate Student Collaborative Research Program

Please open links for more details

  1. Academic Year Research Projects
  2. Summer Research Program


Faculty Writing Support Group

The Faculty Writing Support Group is a group of volunteer faculty who can offer you help with your scholarly writing (writing for teaching purposes such as syllabi, assignments etc. will not be considered). For example, they can peer-review an article or grant proposal, check grammar for those writing in their second language, proof writing samples1, proof translations2, critique experimental designs or statistical analyses, etc. This service is facilitated by the Office of Faculty Affairs. While you are encouraged to seek help with your writing from your colleagues and friends, you should not request services from members of the Writing Support Group directly.

The Faculty Writing Support Group is experimental. The following procedures may be adjusted after assessment to better suit faculty needs.

The Challenges and Opportunities to Scholarship Posed by COVID-19

Topics will be covered:

Challenges: cannot do field work/ research productivity is reduced, but cost (e.g., staff cost) remains/ Cannot access research labs, etc.

Opportunities: good connections with DKU & other universities/ utilize the COVID-19 as a resource of data for new research/better use technology to support research collaborations, etc.

Panelist: Prof. Xin Li/ Prof. Jim Zhang/ Prof. James Miller
Tuesday (April 21st ) workshop at 09:00 – 10:00 AM China Time
*workshop recording is available by sending email to

2019 FSTA Recipients

Benjamin Anderson, assistant professor of global health
He has received an FSTA to support a project called Epidemiological Surveillance of Enteroviruses (EV) among a Pediatric Population at a Clinical Setting in Jakarta, Indonesia. Using nasal swabs combined with polymerase chain reaction, the research aims to identify risk factors associated with EV infections, as well as identify and characterize EVs using molecular detection and sequencing techniques. The project will be largely carried out by Sankalpa Bhattarai, a graduate student in the master of science in global health program, under Anderson’s supervision. Anderson joined Duke Kunshan in 2017 and has a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Florida.

Emily McWilliams, assistant professor of philosophy
She received an FSTA to cover the cost of traveling to the fifth Biannual Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy, where she gave a presentation entitled “What is testimonial withdraw? Why does it matter?” The workshop was held in Boston, the United States, in late June. McWilliams joined Duke Kunshan in 2017 and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Tulane University, Los Angeles.

David Huang, professor of medical physics
He has received an FSTA to cover the costs of traveling to the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s annual meeting in Chicago, U.S. At the meeting, to be held in September, he will present a poster entitled “A precise proton range telescope in proton therapy.” Huang joined Duke Kunshan in 2014 and has a Ph.D. in particle physics from Temple University.

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