School of Global Health


ZHOU Xiaonong



Tel: 13916230620

Research: Tropical Diseases, Spatial Epidemiology,

One Health, Transmission Modeling


Professor Xiao-Nong Zhou is Vice Dean, School of Global Health, Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; and Director, One Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University-The University of Edinburgh. He has also been Director of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Tropical Diseases since 2010. 

Professor Zhou is a leading expert in the research and control of parasitic diseases, with over 40 years’ experience by implementation of One Health approaches. In particularly, his interests have been on research of spatial epidemiology on parasitic diseases leading to innovative strategy to support national control progrmme. With great efforts on implementation research, his contribution to the establishment of surveillance-response systems for parasitic diseases at national level has promoted the elimination of parasitic diseases significantly in China. He also had long-term cooperation experiences with the international agencies, such as World Health Organization, and has served as member of international expert committees, such as Chair, The West Pacific Regional Programme Review Group on Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO (2014-2018); Member, The Scientific and Technology Advisory Committee of WHO-TDR (2014-2020); Member, The Strategic Advisory Group for Malaria Eradication, WHO(2016-2019); Member, The Scientific and Technology Advisory Committee on Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO (2010-2016); Member, The Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group, WHO (2007-2014); Co-Chair, the Expert Panel for TDR Thematic Reference Group on Environment, Agriculture, and Infectious Diseases (2008-2012); Member, The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for Stewardship for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty (STE), TDR (2008-2010); Member, The Advisory Board Member for TropIKA, TDR (2007-2010), etc. 

Professor Zhou graduated with a PhD from Copenhagen University, Denmark, in 1994. He was awarded National Outstanding Contribution Expert by the Ministry of Health in 2008, the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Development Contribution Award of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association in 2010, and Shanghai Outstanding Academic Leader in 2011, respectively. He has worked on parasitic disease prevention and control for more than 40 years, and his professional works are across the fields of ecology, population biology, and epidemiology of tropical diseases. He has led more than dozens of research projects in collaboration with multi-institutions at national and international levels, such as Major Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Science and Technology Major Project, projects with WHO and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, etc., in the field of climate change, control strategies, determinants and innovative modeling of disease transmission, and intervention assessment. He has been a highly-cited reseracher since 2016 due to publication of more than 400 peer review publications in the international journals, including New Engl. J. Med., Nature, Lancet, and Lancet Infect. Dis., etc.

The Selected Publications

  • Chen, J., Bergquist, R., Zhou, X. N., Xue, J. B., & Qian, M. B. (2019). Combating infectious disease epidemics through China's Belt and Road Initiative. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 13(4), e0007107. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0007107

  • Hong, Z., Li, L., Zhang, L., Wang, Q., Xu, J., Li, S., & Zhou, X. N. (2022). Elimination of Schistosomiasis Japonica in China: From the One Health Perspective. China CDC Wkly, 4(7), 130-134. doi:10.46234/ccdcw2022.024

  • Jia, T. W., Utzinger, J., Deng, Y., Yang, K., Li, Y. Y., Zhu, J. H., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2011). Quantifying quality of life and disability of patients with advanced schistosomiasis japonica. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 5(2), e966. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000966

  • Li, S. Z., Luz, A., Wang, X. H., Xu, L. L., Wang, Q., Qian, Y. J., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2009). Schistosomiasis in China: acute infections during 2005-2008. Chin Med J (Engl), 122(9), 1009-1014.

  • Li, S. Z., Qian, M. B., Zhang, L. J., & Zhou, X. N. (2017). Changing trends of neglected tropical diseases in China. Lancet Infect Dis, 17(9), 901. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(17)30452-8

  • Li, S. Z., Wang, Y. X., Yang, K., Liu, Q., Wang, Q., Zhang, Y., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2009). Landscape genetics: the correlation of spatial and genetic distances of Oncomelania hupensis, the intermediate host snail of Schistosoma japonicum in mainland China. Geospat Health, 3(2), 221-231. doi:10.4081/gh.2009.222

  • Li, X. X., Ren, Z. P., Wang, L. X., Zhang, H., Jiang, S. W., Chen, J. X., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2016). Co-endemicity of Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Intestinal Helminth Infection in the People's Republic of China. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 10(3), e0004580. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004580

  • Lo, N. C., Bezerra, F. S. M., Colley, D. G., Fleming, F. M., Homeida, M., Kabatereine, N., . . . Garba, A. (2022). Review of 2022 WHO guidelines on the control and elimination of schistosomiasis. Lancet Infect Dis. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(22)00221-3

  • Lv, S., Zhang, Y., Liu, H. X., Hu, L., Yang, K., Steinmann, P., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2009). Invasive snails and an emerging infectious disease: results from the first national survey on Angiostrongylus cantonensis in China. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 3(2), e368. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000368

  • Ma, X., Lu, S., Wang, D., Zhou, Z., Feng, J., Yan, H., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2020). China-UK-Tanzania Pilot Project on Malaria Control. China CDC Wkly, 2(42), 820-822. doi:10.46234/ccdcw2020.179

  • Qian, M. B., Chen, Y. D., Fang, Y. Y., Xu, L. Q., Zhu, T. J., Tan, T., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2011). Disability weight of Clonorchis sinensis infection: captured from community study and model simulation. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 5(12), e1377. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001377

  • Qian, M. B., Li, S. Z., & Zhou, X. N. (2021). After malaria: which parasitic disease will China eliminate next? Nature, 596(7871), 189. doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02188-0

  • Qian, M. B., Utzinger, J., Keiser, J., & Zhou, X. N. (2016). Clonorchiasis. Lancet, 387(10020), 800-810. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60313-0

  • Qian, M. B., Utzinger, J., Li, S. Z., Montresor, A., & Zhou, X. N. (2022). Towards elimination of soil-transmitted helminthiasis in China. Lancet Reg Health West Pac, 22, 100455. doi:10.1016/j.lanwpc.2022.100455

  • Qian, M. B., Xia, S., & Zhou, X. N. (2015). Soil-transmitted helminths in China. Lancet Infect Dis, 15(11), 1262-1263. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(15)00373-4

  • Qian, M. B., & Zhou, X. N. (2016). Global burden on neglected tropical diseases. Lancet Infect Dis, 16(10), 1113-1114. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30328-0

  • Qian, M. B., & Zhou, X. N. (2017). Global burden of cancers attributable to liver flukes. Lancet Glob Health, 5(2), e139. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30301-1

  • Qian, M. B., & Zhou, X. N. (2018). Walk together to combat echinococcosis. Lancet Infect Dis, 18(9), 946. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30466-3

  • Qian, M. B., & Zhou, X. N. (2021). Clonorchis sinensis. Trends Parasitol, 37(11), 1014-1015. doi:10.1016/

  • Shi, B., Liu, J., Zhou, X. N., & Yang, G. J. (2014). Inferring Plasmodium vivax transmission networks from tempo-spatial surveillance data. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 8(2), e2682. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002682

  • Utzinger, J., Brattig, N. W., Leonardo, L., Zhou, X. N., & Bergquist, R. (2015). Progress in research, control and elimination of helminth infections in Asia. Acta Trop, 141(Pt B), 135-145. doi:10.1016/j.actatropica.2014.10.010

  • Wang, L. D., Chen, H. G., Guo, J. G., Zeng, X. J., Hong, X. L., Xiong, J. J., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2009). A strategy to control transmission of Schistosoma japonicum in China. N Engl J Med, 360(2), 121-128. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0800135

  • Wang, X. H., Wu, X. H., & Zhou, X. N. (2006). Bayesian estimation of community prevalences of Schistosoma japonicum infection in China. Int J Parasitol, 36(8), 895-902. doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2006.04.003

  • Wang, X. H., Zhou, X. N., Vounatsou, P., Chen, Z., Utzinger, J., Yang, K., . . . Wu, X. H. (2008). Bayesian spatio-temporal modeling of Schistosoma japonicum prevalence data in the absence of a diagnostic 'gold' standard. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 2(6), e250. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000250

  • Xu, J., Yu, Q., Tchuente, L. A., Bergquist, R., Sacko, M., Utzinger, J., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2016). Enhancing collaboration between China and African countries for schistosomiasis control. Lancet Infect Dis, 16(3), 376-383. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(15)00360-6

  • Yang, G. J., Liu, L., Zhu, H. R., Griffiths, S. M., Tanner, M., Bergquist, R., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2014). China's sustained drive to eliminate neglected tropical diseases. Lancet Infect Dis, 14(9), 881-892. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(14)70727-3

  • Yang, K., Wang, X. H., Yang, G. J., Wu, X. H., Qi, Y. L., Li, H. J., & Zhou, X. N. (2008). An integrated approach to identify distribution of Oncomelania hupensis, the intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum, in a mountainous region in China. Int J Parasitol, 38(8-9), 1007-1016. doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2007.12.007

  • Yang, P., & Zhou, X. N. (2022). Ending the "Neglect" to End Neglected Tropical Diseases. China CDC Wkly, 4(8), 153-156. doi:10.46234/ccdcw2022.018

  • Zhang, L. J., Dai, S. M., Xue, J. B., Li, Y. L., Lv, S., Xu, J., . . . Zhou, X. N. (2019). The epidemiological status of schistosomiasis in P. R. China after the World Bank Loan Project, 2002-2017. Acta Trop, 195, 135-141. doi:10.1016/j.actatropica.2019.04.030

  • Zhang, X. X., Liu, J. S., Han, L. F., Simm, G., Guo, X. K., & Zhou, X. N. (2022). One Health: new evaluation framework launched. Nature, 604(7907), 625. doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01108-0

  • Zhou, X. N. (2012). Prioritizing research for "One health - One world". Infect Dis Poverty, 1(1), 1. doi:10.1186/2049-9957-1-1

  • Zhou, X. N. (2020). Science superpowers after COVID-19 lockdowns lift: a letter of hope from China to the United States. Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01544-w

  • Zhou, X. N. (2021a). China declared malaria-free: a milestone in the world malaria eradication and Chinese public health. Infect Dis Poverty, 10(1), 98. doi:10.1186/s40249-021-00882-9

  • Zhou, X. N. (2021b). Infectious Diseases of Poverty: 10 years' commitment to One Health. Infect Dis Poverty, 10(1), 129. doi:10.1186/s40249-021-00914-4

  • Zhou, X. N., Bergquist, R., Leonardo, L., Yang, G. J., Yang, K., Sudomo, M., & Olveda, R. (2010). Schistosomiasis japonica control and research needs. Adv Parasitol, 72, 145-178. doi:10.1016/S0065-308X(10)72006-6

  • Zhou, X. N., Bergquist, R., & Tanner, M. (2013). Elimination of tropical disease through surveillance and response. Infect Dis Poverty, 2(1), 1. doi:10.1186/2049-9957-2-1

  • Zhou, X. N., Guo, J. G., Wu, X. H., Jiang, Q. W., Zheng, J., Dang, H., . . . Hao, Y. (2007). Epidemiology of schistosomiasis in the People's Republic of China, 2004. Emerg Infect Dis, 13(10), 1470-1476. doi:10.3201/eid1310.061423

  • Zhou, X. N., Lv, S., Yang, G. J., Kristensen, T. K., Bergquist, N. R., Utzinger, J., & Malone, J. B. (2009). Spatial epidemiology in zoonotic parasitic diseases: insights gained at the 1st International Symposium on Geospatial Health in Lijiang, China, 2007. Parasit Vectors, 2, 10. doi:10.1186/1756-3305-2-10

  • Zhou, X. N., Qian, M. B., Priotto, G., Franco, J. R., & Guo, J. G. (2018). Tackling imported tropical diseases in China. Emerg Microbes Infect, 7(1), 12. doi:10.1038/s41426-018-0022-4

  • Zhou, X. N., Wang, L. Y., Chen, M. G., Wang, T. P., Guo, J. G., Wu, X. H., . . . Chen, X. Y. (2005). An economic evaluation of the national schistosomiasis control programme in China from 1992 to 2000. Acta Trop, 96(2-3), 255-265. doi:10.1016/j.actatropica.2005.07.026

  • Zhou, X. N., Wang, L. Y., Chen, M. G., Wu, X. H., Jiang, Q. W., Chen, X. Y., . . . Utzinger, J. (2005). The public health significance and control of schistosomiasis in China--then and now. Acta Trop, 96(2-3), 97-105. doi:10.1016/j.actatropica.2005.07.005

  • Zhou, X. N., Xia, Z. G., Wang, R. B., Qian, Y. J., Zhou, S. S., Utzinger, J., . . . Yang, W. Z. (2014). Feasibility and roadmap analysis for malaria elimination in China. Adv Parasitol, 86, 21-46. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800869-0.00002-0

  • Zhou, X. N., Xu, J., Chen, H. G., Wang, T. P., Huang, X. B., Lin, D. D., . . . Peeling, R. W. (2011). Tools to support policy decisions related to treatment strategies and surveillance of Schistosomiasis japonica towards elimination. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 5(12), e1408. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001408

  • Zhou, X. N., Yang, G. J., Yang, K., Wang, X. H., Hong, Q. B., Sun, L. P., . . . Utzinger, J. (2008). Potential impact of climate change on schistosomiasis transmission in China. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 78(2), 188-194.

  • Zhu, H. R., Liu, L., Zhou, X. N., & Yang, G. J. (2015). Ecological Model to Predict Potential Habitats of Oncomelania hupensis, the Intermediate Host of Schistosoma japonicum in the Mountainous Regions, China. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 9(8), e0004028. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004028

  • Zinsstag, J., Utzinger, J., Probst-Hensch, N., Shan, L., & Zhou, X. N. (2020). Towards integrated surveillance-response systems for the prevention of future pandemics. Infect Dis Poverty, 9(1), 140. doi:10.1186/s40249-020-00757-5