DEPARTMENT FACULTY

  Jim Anthony
 
David Barondess
 
Ahnalee Brincks
  Simone Charles
 
Honglei Chen
  Gustavo de los Campos
 
Debra Furr-Holden
 
Joseph Gardiner
 
Kelly Hirko
 
Claudia Holzman
 
Carol Janney
  Allan Kozlowski
 
Jean Kerver
 
Chenxi Li
 
Qing Lu
 
Zhehui Luo
 
Claire Margerison-Zilko
 
Janet Osuch
 
Nigel Paneth
 
Dorothy Pathak
 
James Pivarnik
 
Mat Reeves
 
A.Mahdi. Saeed
 
Nicole Talge
 
David Todem
 
Ana Vázquez
 
Elizabeth (Betsy) Wasilevich
 
Lixin Zhang
  Adjunct Faculty
  Emeritus Faculty

GRADUATE DIRECTOR

  David Barondess 

SPECIALISTS - RESEARCH

  Madeleine Lenski

 

Lixin Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Fee Road Room B601
East Lansing, MI 48824
517..353.8623
517.884.2076 (Lab; B44 Food Safety and Toxicology)
lzhang@epi.msu.edu

Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics. Dr. Zhang earned his Bachelor's degree in Engineering studying fermentation and bioremediation, MS degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Zhang joined the Michigan State University in Fall 2014. Prior to this position, Dr. Zhang was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Dr. Zhang’s general research interests lie in the infectious disease epidemiology, pathogen genomics and bioinformatics. Specifically, he is interested in understanding the emergence, transmission and maintenance of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in both hospital and community settings by incorporating molecular data into population-level analyses, and in turn, developing effective prevention strategies. Over the years, Dr. Zhang has studied various bacterial pathogens associated with diarrhea, tuberculosis, otitis media, COPD, sepsis, and urinary tract infections.

Dr. Zhang’s current research activities focus on: 1) investigating the transmission patterns of enteric pathogens across remote landscape in rural Ecuador by studying the diversity and genetic structure of E. coli pathogens using high throughput genotyping and whole genome sequencing; 2) examining the impact of agriculture use of antibiotics and likely mode of resistance genes spread between bacteria of human and animal origins; 3) understanding the development of multidrug-resistant, including extended-spectrum beta-lactamase producing, Enterobacteriaceae in the health care settings; and 4) deciphering the genomic and phenotypic factors of bacteria such as Haemophilus influenzae that contribute to their disease causing potential using molecular epidemiological approach.