A geochemist by profession and a water and sanitation specialist by vocation, Dr. Zheng began her career in 1988 with the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences as an environmental chemist after graduating with a B.Sc degree of geochemistry with honor from the University of Science and Technology of China. Between 1991 and 1998, she was a graduate student at Columbia University and obtained an M.A. degree in Geological Sciences, an M.Phil. and then a Ph.D. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Since 1998 and 2016, she held faculty appointments at the City University of New York and research positions at Columbia University, and was the Director of School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College, City University of New York between 2007 and 2009. Her area of research includes hydrogeology, biogeochemistry and chemical oceanography, and more recently behavior to protect the environment and human health. With her collaborators and students, she has published nearly 100 peer reviewed articles. She served for UNICEF Bangladesh between December 2009 and 2011 managing a water and environmental sanitation technology team. She is also an Associate Editor for Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Science Bulletin and Geologica Acta Sinica. Dr. Zheng was elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2010. She was appointed a Chair Professor at Peking University in 2014.