Yi Zeng, PhD

Professor in Medicine
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail Duke Box 3003, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7554
Email address zengyi@duke.edu

(1) Socioeconomic, behavior, environmental and genetic determinants of healthy aging and healthy longevity;
(2) Factors related to elderly disability and mental health;
(3) Methods of family households and elderly living arrangements forecasting/analysis and their applications in health services and socioeconomic planning, and market studies;
(4) Policy analysis in population aging, social welfare, retirement, and fertility transitions.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Free University of Brussels (Belgium), 1986


Feng, Qiushi, Helen M. Hoenig, Danan Gu, Zeng Yi, and Jama L. Purser. “Effect of new disability subtype on 3-year mortality in Chinese older adults..” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 58, no. 10 (October 2010): 1952–58. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03013.x.

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Xiao, Xinhua, Zhen-Xin Zhang, Wen-Hui Li, Kai Feng, Qi Sun, Harvey Jay Cohen, Tao Xu, et al. “Low birth weight is associated with components of the metabolic syndrome..” Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental 59, no. 9 (September 2010): 1282–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.metabol.2009.12.001.

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Gu, Danan, Jessica Sautter, Robin Pipkin, and Yi Zeng. “Sociodemographic and health correlates of sleep quality and duration among very old Chinese..” Sleep 33, no. 5 (May 2010): 601–10. https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/33.5.601.

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Zeng, Yi, Danan Gu, Jama Purser, Helen Hoenig, and Nicholas Christakis. “Associations of environmental factors with elderly health and mortality in China..” American Journal of Public Health 100, no. 2 (February 2010): 298–305. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2008.154971.

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Zeng, Yi, and Ke Shen. “Resilience significantly contributes to exceptional longevity..” Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research 2010 (January 2010). https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/525693.

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Li, Yang, Wen-Jing Wang, Huiqing Cao, Jiehua Lu, Chong Wu, Fang-Yuan Hu, Jian Guo, et al. “Genetic association of FOXO1A and FOXO3A with longevity trait in Han Chinese populations..” Human Molecular Genetics 18, no. 24 (December 2009): 4897–4904. https://doi.org/10.1093/hmg/ddp459.

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Liu, Huizhuo, Yi Zeng, and Lijing L. Yan. “Healthy Lifestyle in Older Age and 7-Year Survival After 80 Years Old.” In Circulation, 120:S486–S486. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 2009.