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College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Faculty and Staff Profile

Lu Zhang

Assistant Professor

Office: 513 Edwards Hall

Phone: (864) -6563082


Educational Background

Ph.D. Epidemiology
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 2016

MPH Epidemiology
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 2012

BA German
Nan Chang University 2003

Courses Taught

HLTH3800 Epidemiology


Lu Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She has experience in population-based cancer registry data and participated in several national funded cancer epidemiological studies. Her research interests include the epidemiology, treatment and survival of breast and prostate cancer, as well as health disparity in other chronic diseases.

Research Interests

cancer epidemiology, breast cancer treatment and survival, prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity, health disparity

Research Publications

Wu J, Mamidi T, Zhang L, Hicks C. Integrating germline and somatic mutation information for the discory of biomarkers in triple-negative breast cancer. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019,16(6),1055. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16061055

Hsieh M, Zhang L, Wu X, Davidson M, Loch M, Chen VW. A population-based study on the association of breast cancer subtypes, guideline-concordant adjuvant systemic therapy and survival among women with stage I-III disease. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2019,17(6):676-686. DOI: 10.6004/jnccn.2018.7272

Gimbel R, Pirrallo R, Lowe S, Wright D, Zhang L, Woo M, Fontelo P, Liu F, Connor Z. Effect of clinical decision rules, patient cost and malpractice information on clinician brain CT image ordering: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018,18(1):20. DOI: 10.1186/s12911-018-0602-1.

Zhang L, King J, Wu X, Hsieh M, Chen VW, Yu Q, Fontham E, Loch M, Pollack L, Ferguson T. Racial/Ethnic differences in the utilization of chemotherapy among stage I-III breast cancer patients, stratified by subtype: findings from ten National Program of Cancer Registries state. Cancer Epidemiology 2018(58):1-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.canep.2018.10.015.

Zhang L, Yu Q, Wu X, Hsieh M, Loch M, Chen V, Fontham E, Ferguson T. Impact of chemotherapy relative dose intensity on cause-specific and overall survival for stage I-III breast cancer: ER+/PR+, HER2- vs. Triple-Negative. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s10549-017-4646-1

Hu Q, Shi L, Chen L, Zhang L, Truong K, Ewing A, Wu J, Scott J. Seasonality in the adverse outcomes in weight-loss surgeries. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2017.11.029.

Zhang L, Scott J, Shi L, Truong K, Hu Q, Ewing JA, Chen L. Changes in utilization and peri-operative outcomes of bariatric surgery in large U.S. hospital database, 2011-2014. Plos One 2017,12(10);e0186306. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186306.

Sheng B, Truong K, Spitler H, Zhang L, Tong X, Chen L. The long-term effects of bariatric surgery on type 2 diabetes remission, microvascular and macrovascular complications, and mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Surg 2017 DOI: 10.1007/s11695-017-2866-4

Booth J, Li J, Zhang L, Chen L, Muntner P, Egan B. Trends in prehypertension and hypertension risk factors in US adults: 1999-2012. Hypertension 2017,70(2):275-284. DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.116.09004

Chen L, Crockett A, Covington-Kolb S, Heberlein E, Zhang L, Sun X. Centering and Racial Disparities (CRADLE Study): Rationale and Design of A Randomized Controlled Trial of CenteringPregnancy and Birth Outcomes. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017,13;17(1):118 DOI:10.1186/s12884-017-1295-7

Yu Q, Scribner R, Leonardi C, Zhang L, Park C, Chen L, Simonsen N. Exploring racial disparity in obesity: a mediation analysis considering geo-coded environmental factors. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.sste.2017.02.001

Yuan X, Tseng TS, Zhang L, Yu Q. Does caffeine intake and coffee consumption associate with endometrial cancer among postmenopausal women in America using NHANES 2003-2012? Transl Cancer Res 2016 DOI: 10.21037/tcr.2016.10.91

Yoshida Y, Simonsen N, Chen L, Zhang L, Scribner R, Tseng TS. Sociodemographic Factors, Acculturation, and Nutrition Management among Hispanic American Adults with Self-reported Diabetes. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2016;27(3):1592-607 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0112

Zhang Y, Hu G, Zhang L, Mayo R, Chen L. A novel testing model for opportunistic screening of pre-diabetes and diabetes among U.S. adults. PLoS One 2015,19;10(3): e0120382 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0120382

Zhang L, Ferguson TF, Simonsen N, Chen L, Tseng TS. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health-Related Quality of Life among Participants with Self-reported Diabetes from NHANES 2001-2010. Diabetes Educ 2014,40;4:496-506

Zhang L, Zhang Z, Zhang Y, Hu G, Chen L. Evaluation of Finnish Diabetes Risk Score in Screening Undiagnosed Diabetes and Prediabetes among U.S. Adults by Gender and Race: NHANES 1999-2010. PLoS One 2014,22;9(5):e97865 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097865

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