Dr Zhao holds a Bachelor degree of medicine from the Beijing Medical College, a Master degree of Nutrition from the University of Philippines, and a Ph.D. in nutrition from the Kagawa Nutrition University of Japan. She has worked in the field of public health for 34 years.
Dr Zhao was the field director of the China National Nutrition and Health Survey in 2002. She was the Director of National Working Group of 2010 China Chronic Disease and Behavior Risk Factors Surveillance. Her expertise includes both dietary assessment methods and nutrition epidemiology in China. She has developed and validated the Chinese Food Frequency Questionnaire (CFFQ) for use in various populations in China. She has worked on the prevalence and burden of obesity, diabetes and related factors among adults. Dr. Zhao also has extensive experience on the policy making, health promotion and education on balanced diet and active lifestyle.
Dr. Zhao has published more than 150 scientific articles, books and book chapters in the area of diet, nutrition, lifestyle and chronic disease control and prevention.