Zhirong completed his PhD in the Primary Care Unit at University of Cambridge, continuing as a visiting researcher with his research on cardiovascular disease and dementia. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and master’s degrees in epidemiology and in primary care research. He was a research fellow in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard University in 2018. During two years before his PhD, he worked as a biostatistician in Shantou-Oxford Clinical Research Unit and then as a research associate in Peking University School of Public Health.
Zhirong’s current research interests are in the use of routine healthcare data, biobank data and evidence synthesis to inform the management of cardiovascular diseases, dementia and diabetes.
Since 2018, Zhirong lectures in the Routine Data module for the MPhil course in Primary Care Research led by the Unit at Cambridge.