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School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology

School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology

The School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology was jointly founded by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shanghai branch) in 1997. The 139 faculty members, including 51 full professors and 60 associate professors, are dedicated to cultivating diverse and unique talents in undergraduate students and postgraduate researchers. The School is also home to the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism and the Key Laboratory for Genetics Development and Neuropsychiatric Disorder. Our faculties, led by two prominent members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have earned numerous prestigious awards and international recognitions. By the 2017 ESI-based matrix, we ranked in the top 1% world-wide in Biology and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Microbiology, and Plant and Animal Science. Hosting two state-level education bases, we administer a six-year combined bachelor-master program and an eight-year bachelor-master-PhD program. 1193 students are currently enrolled, including 303 undergraduates and 890 graduate students.

  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is founded on the secondary discipline, one of five departments in School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The department currently contains 8 principle investigators (PIs) and 18 researchers, and will develop to contain 15-18 PIs until 2025. The research fields include microbial enzymology, structural biology, proteomics, and chemical biology.

  • Department of Genetics and Developmental Science

    The Department of Genetics and Developmental Science is the latest department of our school. The department has 26 staff members, including 13 professors and 5 associate professors, with considerable expertise and international recognition. One expert supported by the "National 1000-elite Program", 2 supported by the "National 1000-youth-elite Program, and 2 winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars. Focused on the genetic and development of organism, the department developed several predominant subjects: plant development, rice reproduction, tumor immunology and immunotherapy, neurobiology, mechanobiology and cell biology.

  • Department of Microbial Sciences

    The Department of Microbial Sciences with eleven professors is a member of the School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology. It is particularly strong in research with investigators of international standing in a wide range of areas including biosynthesis of bioactive microbial metabolites, molecular microbial ecology, microbial oceanography, microbial quorum sensing, and microbial catabolism of pollutants. In recent years, the faculty members have secured substantial external research grants and made significant progresses in the above areas, making this department a leading research and training center in microbiology in China. Many faculty members are reputed and influential figures in their own fields and serve as editors for a number of prestigious journals, including ACS Chemical Biology, the ISME journal and Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

  • Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

    The Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics with fifteen full time faculty and over 200 students is a member of the School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology. As the first and leading bioinformatics department in China, the research and teaching are focused in three areas: bioinformatics that covers genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and systems biology; biostatistics that covers clinical data analysis, clinical trials, biostatistics methodology; computational biochemistry that covers molecular modeling and drug design. Besides basic research, recently we have expanded to translational medicine. Faculty in the department typically get grants from government funding agencies such as NSFC and BEST, as well as from industry.

  • Department of Bioengineering

    The discipline of Bioengineering was introduced in 1987 and well known for the involvement in the birth of Only One oral liquid and large-scale wastewater treatment. The Department of Bioengineering was established at the dawn of this century and has been developed into a top institutions in biotechnology field nationwide. The 27 faculty members, include 15 full professors, are supervising Ph.D. and master students on Bioengineering and Biochemical Engineering disciplines. The 11 research labs are with focuses on biofuel, natural products, pesticides, probiotics, microalgae, biomaterials, biosensors, marine microbiolgy, biodegradation, biochemical engineering, immunotherapy, electrophoresis, or molecular diagnosis.