Motao Zhu, MD, PhD is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at WVU. He received his PhD and MS degrees in Epidemiology from the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Zhu completed his medical training at Beijing Medical University, China. Prior to joining WVU, he served as the Project Director of the Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) for the New York State Department of Health from 2002-2008. He was a section councilor for American Public Health Association, Injury Control and Emergency Medical Services Section from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Zhu is an editorial board member for the journal Injury Prevention and member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Operator Education and Regulation Committee.
Dr. Zhu's main research interest is the epidemiology of travel behaviors and traffic safety including calling and texting while driving, driving regulations for adolescents under age 18, traffic injuries in Appalachia and medication and drug use among senior drivers. He has received grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).