Yi Zeng

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

(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.


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

Selected Publications

Zeng, Yi, Huashuai Chen, Ting Ni, Rongping Ruan, Chao Nie, Xiaomin Liu, Lei Feng, et al. “Interaction Between the FOXO1A-209 Genotype and Tea Drinking Is Significantly Associated with Reduced Mortality at Advanced Ages..” Rejuvenation Res 19, no. 3 (June 2016): 195–203. https://doi.org/10.1089/rej.2015.1737.
Zeng, Yi, Chao Nie, Junxia Min, Xiaomin Liu, Mengmeng Li, Huashuai Chen, Hanshi Xu, et al. “Novel loci and pathways significantly associated with longevity..” Sci Rep 6 (February 25, 2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/srep21243.
Chei, Choy-Lye, Prassanna Raman, Chi Keong Ching, Zhao-Xue Yin, Xiao-Ming Shi, Yi Zeng, and David B. Matchar. “Prevalence and Risk Factors of Atrial Fibrillation in Chinese Elderly: Results from the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey..” Chin Med J (Engl) 128, no. 18 (September 20, 2015): 2426–32. https://doi.org/10.4103/0366-6999.164918.
Cheng, Lingguo, Hong Liu, Ye Zhang, Ke Shen, and Yi Zeng. “The impact of health insurance on health outcomes and spending of the elderly: evidence from China's New Cooperative Medical Scheme..” Health Economics 24, no. 6 (June 2015): 672–91. https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3053.
Feng, Qiush, Joonmo Son, and Yi Zeng. “Prevalence and correlates of successful ageing: a comparative study between China and South Korea..” Eur J Ageing 12, no. 2 (June 2015): 83–94. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10433-014-0329-5.

Selected Grants

Behavior And Physiology In Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health 1999 - 2015

Demographic Analysis on Determinants of Healthy Longevity in China awarded by National Institutes of Health 2004 - 2015

Duke-PKU Workshop on Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies of Health Aging awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation 2006 - 2007

Demographic Effects on Elderly Households and Caregiving Needs awarded by National Institutes of Health 2001 - 2003