College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, developed from the former Department of Biology, National Zhejiang University founded in September 1929, is proud of its 82 years history and lots of outstanding scholars.Many distinguished biologists, including Shizhang,BEI Zongluo LUO, Zhaoqian ZHANG Jiazhen, TAN, Lvji SHI, Renbao ZHU, Zhen YAO, Jiaonai SHI, studied or taught here.
College of Life Sciences was re-organized in 1999. The college has about 130 faculty and staff members including 33 professors and 45 associate professors. Faculty members include those awarded by the Chinese government's "Thousand Talents Program", the Chinese Ministry of Education's "Cheung Kong Scholars Program", and Zhejiang Provincial "Hundred Talents Program". Currently, about nearly 800 full-time students register in the college for various programs, including 255 undergraduate students, 249 for master’s degree graduates, and 286 PhD candidates.
The college presently has three departments: Department of Biological Science, Department of Biotechnology and Department of Bioinformatics, which provide students with a distinctive education and training in the life sciences. These departments have been qualified to function as National Teaching Bases for Biological Science and Biotechnology, respectively. The undergraduate students are required to complete 4 years of study and research training to obtain their BS degree. Their major courses include General Biology, Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Animal or Plant Physiology and Bioinformatics etc. A series of optional courses that reflect the frontiers of biological sciences and technology, such as bioengineering, neurobiology, immunology, developmental biology, are also available. All students are encouraged to join a lab for research training after two years of study under the faculty’s guidance.
The college owns three State Key Discipline in Ecology , Botany and Biophysics, and two Provincial Key Disciplines in Genetics and Microbiology, the State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, the State Conservation Center for Gene Resources of Endangered Wildlife, the Key Laboratory of Conservation Genetics and Reproduction for Endangered Wildlife of Education Ministry, and the Provincial Key Laboratory of Cell and Genetic Engineering. The college receives research funds from National Natural Science Foundation, National Science/Technology research and development programs, international cooperative research programs, and research and development programs from local governments and enterprises. Annual research budget of the college is around 72 million RMB and Annual publications in SCI are above 150. A haystack of scientific papers produced from the college has been published in the international top journals of the field, including Lancet, Plant Cell, PNAS, Plos Genetics, Nature Structure & Molecular Biology, Plant J, Plant Physiology, RNA, JBC, and so on.
Plant Science, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology
Main Research Fields
Institute of Plant Science
Functional Genomics and Molecular Physiology of Plant Nutrition and Stress Biology; Plant Root Developmental Biology; Plant Transformation; Plant Molecular Evolution, Biodiversity and Utilization of Natural Resources.
Institute of Cell and Development Biology
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Extremophiles; Stem Cell and Embryonic Engineering; Exploration of Marine Genic Resources.
Institute of Ecology
Molecular Ecology and Conservation Genetics of Endangered Animals and Plants; Ecological and Evolutionary Mechanisms of Endangered Wild Plants and Animals; Environmental and Ecological Evolution. Theory and Technology of Ecological Agriculture, Ecological Planning, Remediation and Engineering.
Institute of Microbiology
Exploration of Microbial Resources withstanding extreme environments; Genetic Engineering of Microbial Strains for Biological Control and Fermented Metabolites; Development of Microbial Products and Pesticides.
Institute of Biochemistry
Protein and Gene Engineering; Microbiological Biochemistry; Secondary metabolism; Bio- pharmaceutical Engineering.
Institute of Genetics
Microbial, Animal and Plant Genomics, Pathogen Biology, Epigenetics, Mitochondrial Genetics, and Medical Genetics.