ZHOU Yanqiu

Email: 16483596@life.hkbu.edu.hk

Tel: 852-55797956

Research Areas: Environmental epidemiology


  • Anhui Medical University                       2009-2013

   Bachelor of Sanitary Inspection

  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology        2013-2015

   Master of Public Health           Supervisor: Prof. Xu Shunqing; xust@hust.edu.cn

  • Hong Kong Baptist University                    2016-present

   PhD of Analytical Chemistry    Supervisor: Prof. Cai Zongwei;zwcai@hkbu.edu.hk

   Thesis title: Human Exposure to Benzotriazoles and Benzothiazoles during       Pregnancy and Health Implications


  • Project Management: Proficiency in study design.

  • Experimental Techniques: Method development and application of chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry, cell culture, targeted metabolomics study.

  • Instrumental Analysis: Specialized in mass spectrometry: ICP-MS,UHPLC-MS/MS,HRMS.

  • Statistical Software: Expertise in SAS, SPSS, Simca, Stata, and R.

  • Academic Ability: Good at academic writing, critical review, and presentation.

  • Teaching Experience: Serve as a laboratory teaching assistant and in charge of the undergraduate final year project.

  • Peer review: Journal of hazardous materials, Science of the total environment, Environmental toxicology & pharmacology

  • Peer tutor: Provide tutorial service to research student

Professional experience


  • 2012 Hefei Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • 2014 Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Prospective Cohort study | 2013-2015

State Key Laboratory of Environmental Health | Wuhan

  • Recruited the study subjects and collected the biological samples.

  • Established the sample database.

  • Administered the questionnaire via phone call to follow up the subjects.

  • Examined the body burden of heavy metals in urine sample using ICP-MS.

Gestational chemical exposure and risk assessment | 2016-present

State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis | Hong Kong

  • Developed the method to quantify the levels of environmental pollutants and steroid hormones in urine sample using UHPLC-MS/MS.

  • Characterized the exposure profile of benzotriazoles and benzothiazoles (BTs) among pregnant women in Wuhan, China.

  • Evaluated the relationship between BTs exposure in early pregnancy and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus.

  • Investigated the association between exposure to BTs and fetal growth.

  • Identified the metabolic biomarkers in urine sample that were associated with BTs exposure.

  • Conducted the metabolomics study of benzothiazole exposure on MCF-7 cell.

Selected publications

  • Zhou, Y., H. Liu, J. Li, S. Xu, Y. Li, H. Zhao, H. Jin, W. Liu, A. C. Chung & Y. Hong (2018) Profiles, variability, and predictors of urinary benzotriazoles and benzothiazoles in pregnant women from Wuhan, China. Environment international, 121, 1279-1288.

  • Zhou Y, Qu J, Liu W, Liao J, Li Y, Zhao H, et al. 2019. Early pregnancy exposure to benzotriazoles and benzothiazoles in relation to gestational diabetes mellitus: A prospective cohort study. Environment international, 135:105360.

  • Zhou, Y. & Z. Cai (2019) Determination of hormone in human urine by UHPLC‐TQMS. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

  • Zhou, Y., Y. Li, S. Xu, J. Liao, H. Zhang, J. Li, Y. Hong, W. Xia & Z. Cai (2020) Prenatal exposure to benzotraizoles and benzothiazoles in relation to fetal and birth size: A longitudinal study. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 398, 122828.

Selected Conferences

  • HKSMS Symposium The 20th  & The 21th Annual General Meeting of The Hong Kong Society of Mass Spectrometry (30th June, 2018 & 22nd June, 2019, Hong Kong): Oral presentation

  • ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics (2nd - 6th June, 2019, Atlanta Georgia, USA): Poster presentation

  • NCEC2019 & The 10th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry (15th - 19th August, 2019, Tianjin, China): Oral presentation

  • AOMSC 2020 - 8th Asia-Oceania Mass Spectrometry Conference (4th - 7th Jan, 2020, Macau): Oral presentation

Community activities

  • Work as a volunteer at a charity agency (Food Angel).

  • Write for the public on South China Morning Post in the hope of facilitating the process of boarding the biological and chemical samples in the Great bay.

  • Conduct a seminar on scientific research publication.