Ying studies air pollution and health in developing countries, both indoor and outdoor. Her research focuses on protecting human beings from negative health impacts from environmental pollutants, including air pollutants such as PM and black carbon and toxic metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic. Ying got her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Saint Louis University, Missouri, in 2017. Before coming to the US, Ying worked with several environmental NGOs in China, including working as a chemical policy advisor for the China Program of Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and as a climate campaigner for Greenpeace. Ying also holds a BS degree on geology and a BA degree on Journalism and Communication. Ying is a marathon runner, a singer, and a life-long learner.