Song Liang

Song Liang

Associate Professor

Department: HP-ENVIRONMENTAL GLOBAL HLTH
Business Phone: (352) 273-9203
Business Email: songliang@ufl.edu

About Song Liang

Dr. Song Liang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health, and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida. He received a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Zoology from Southwest University in 1989 and 1992 in China, and went on to study at the University of California at Berkeley where he received a M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences in 1999 and his PhD in 2003.

Dr. Liang’s research interests include epidemiology, ecology, risk assessment of environmentally-mediated infectious diseases, and human health impact of environmental and climate change. Over the past 15 years, he has been studying socio-environmental determinants and control of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) related neglected tropical diseases (e.g. schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis) through both empirical and mechanistic approaches. More recently, his work has expanded to understand human exposure to water/foodborne pathogens (e.g. Campylobacter spp.) and associated infection and disease risks in the settings of low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Dr. Liang has received funding from NIH, NSF, USAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) etc. to conduct research work on these areas. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles in journals including the Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of USA (PNAS), Bulletin of World Health Organization (BWHO), PLoS Medicine/NTDs, and Nature Climate Change. Dr. Liang currently serves as an adviser to the World Health Organization’s Guidelines Development Group (GDG) on control and elimination of schistosomiasis.

Accomplishments

University of Florida Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) Award
2019 · University of Florida
Adviser to the World Health Organization’s Guidelines Development Group (GDG)
2018 · The World Health Organization
Department of Environmental & Global Health Best Mentor Award
2018 · Department of Environmental & Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions
University of Florida Term Professor
2017-2020 · University of Florida
The 2nd Place Award of Science and Technology Progress
2010 · Sichuan Provincial Government, Sichuan, P.R. China

Research Profile

Dr. Liang’s areas of expertise include epidemiology and risk assessment of environmentally-mediated infectious diseases, and human health impact of environmental and climate change. His research has spanned a broad range of areas, from understanding socio-environmental determinants and control of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) related neglected tropical diseases, to exposure assessment and infection/disease risks associated with water/food-borne pathogens in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs), and to surveillance of environmentally-mediated diseases.

Publications

2012 Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
2012 Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems-Series B

Grants

Nov 2018 ACTIVE
Exposure Assessment of Campylobacter Infections in Rural Ethiopia (EXCAM)
GATES FOU, BILL & MELINDA · Principal Investigator
Oct 2017 – Dec 2017
Systematic review of diagnosis of schistosomiasis infections in non-human animals
WORLD HLTH ORGANIZATION · Principal Investigator
Feb 2017 ACTIVE
Spatio-temporal data integration methods for infectious disease surveillance
UNIV OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY · Principal Investigator
Oct 2016 – Apr 2017
Translating Research into Action
LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE & TROPICAL MED · Principal Investigator
Jan 2016 – Jun 2019
Analytical methods for estimating the joint climatological-social drivers of water quality and supply in contrasting tropical zones
UNIV OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY · Principal Investigator
Nov 2015 – Apr 2016
Florida Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence
FL DEPT OF HLTH · Project Manager
Feb 2015 – Feb 2020
Understanding antibiotic resistance occurence and development of mitigation strategies in cattle
US DEPT OF AG NATL INST OF FOOD AND AG · Project Manager
Jul 2012 – Mar 2018
Livestock movements and disease epidemiology in the Chad Basin: modeling risks for animals and humans
OHIO STATE UNIV · Principal Investigator
Jun 2012 – May 2016
Ensuring safe drinking water in Lake Erie: quantifying e
OHIO STATE UNIV · Principal Investigator

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health Sciences
2003 · University of California at Berkeley
Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences
1999 · University of California at Berkeley
Master of Science in Zoology
1992 · Southwest Normal University, Chongqing, China
Bachelor of Science in Biology
1989 · Southwest Normal University, Chongqing, China

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-9203
Emails:
Business:
songliang@ufl.edu