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Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)

Established in 1896, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is one of China's oldest and most esteemed academic institutions. Nestled in the vibrant city of Shanghai, SJTU has evolved into a comprehensive, research-oriented university with a global reputation for academic excellence. SJTU features a diverse range of disciplines, encompassing engineering, business, medicine, liberal arts, and sciences. The university's commitment to innovation and research is evident through its numerous state-of-the-art laboratories and research centers. Collaborations with international institutions and a focus on cutting-edge technology contribute to SJTU's position at the forefront of academic and technological advancements. SJTU has 33 schools/departments, 12 affiliated hospitals, 2 affiliated medical research institutes, 23 directly affiliated units and 5 directly affiliated enterprises.

The School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology (SLSB) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) was jointly founded by SJTU and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shanghai Branch) in February 1997. SLSB has earned a prestigious reputation and worldwide recognition in various areas of scientific research. In the last ten years, the SLSB consistently ranked A+ in biology, the highest ranking assigned for top 2% biology programs in China. The Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, with fifteen full time faculty and over 200 students, is the first and leading bioinformatics department in China. The research and teaching are focused in three areas: bioinformatics which covers genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and systems biology; biostatistics which covers clinical data analysis, clinical trials, biostatistics methodology; and computational biochemistry which covers molecular modeling and drug design. Founded in 2014, the SJTU-Yale Joint Center for Biostatistics and Data Science provides a platform for bidirectional faculty and student exchange and co-mentoring and has as its ultimate goal to identify and facilitate research collaborations not just with biostatisticians at Yale, but colleagues at Yale School of Medicine interested in clinical issues that are a priority at SJTU, such as lung cancer and diabetes. Housed in a new building at SJTU and jointly managed by Institute of Translational Medicine, the Joint Center currently has several faculty members in departments of mathematics, computer science, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, with joint appointments at Yale and SJTU. The Joint Center also manages AI for Medicine technology platform with a 72-GPU computer cluster, a 280-channel EEG equipment, biomedical data analysis platform BMAP, robot arms, robot dogs, among other resources.

The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) s committed to student training, academic research, international cooperation and coordinated development. With public administration and political science as its preponderant disciplines, SIPA has made great headway towards internationalizing its programs. The school’s core competitiveness and social influence are constantly improving, and we are now moving steadily towards a world-class school. Within SIPA, the SJTU-Yale University Joint Center for Health Policy was established in 2018. The Joint Center for Health Policy submits policy proposals to the national government, provides media commentary on health policy issues, publishes collaborative research manuscripts, applies for national and provincial-level grants, and since 2019, the Joint Center has convened a series of Yale-SJTU Bilateral Forums on Global Health Policy, bringing together experts from Yale, SJTU, and around the world to discuss issues of priority in health policy. Themes have included the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergencies, the role of technology in optimizing hospital management and health care delivery, applications of big data analytics for precision medicine and for public health, and more. In December 2023, the sixth Bilateral Forum was convened in Shanghai.

SJTU School of Medicine (SJTUSM) has 9 sub-schools and 13 affiliated hospitals. SJTUSM has made remarkable achievements in the construction of scientific research bases and platforms, boasting one national key science and technology facility (National Facility for Translational Medicine (Shanghai)), two national key laboratories, one national engineering research center, one national base for international science and technology cooperation and four key laboratories of the National Health Commission.

  • The College of Basic Medical Sciences was founded in 1955 and has since attracted a group of influential high-level teaching staff at home and abroad. The College has constructed six frontier research centers and cooperated extensively with affiliated hospitals to build four basic-clinical research centers focusing on major research fields such as tumor, infection and immunity, cell metabolism regulation, brain science and precision medicine. Within the College, the Shanghai Institute of Immunology (SII), established in 1979 that was the first research institute in China dedicated to immunology research. Keeping pace with the progress of immunology, research at SII covers a broad spectrum of immunological topics with a focus on a few major directions including mucosal immunology, autoimmunity, tumor immunology and infection immunity. Through basic research in immunology, the SII aims to bridge science from the bench to the bedside for the benefit of patient care. Specifically, the SJTUSM - Yale University Institute of Immune Metabolism (SYIIM) was founded in 2019 and aims to become a world-class immune metabolism research center, focusing on immune cell metabolism regulation mechanisms and applied research.
  • The SJTU School of Global Health (SGH), co-sponsored by Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, was established in 2019. SGH includes Department of Tropical Diseases and Biosafety, Department of Zoonoses and Food Security, Department of Environmental Health and Ecosecurity, Department of One Health Governance, Platform for One Heath technology and Information Databases, Center for Medical Education, the Lancang-Mekong Joint Laboratory for Tropical Disease Prevention and Control (the Belt and Road International Laboratory, Shanghai), and the One Health Center cosponsored by SJTU and the University of Edinburgh. The SGH strives to build a world-class global health educational institution and a leading research platform on global health in the Asia-Pacific region. SGH focuses its research on tropical diseases and infectious diseases, global health policies and standards, maternal and child health nutrition and food safety, and mental health. As a cross-regional education institution of global health and a center for interdisciplinary scholars working in different sectors to exchange their ideas, SGH has been a hub for world-class academics at home and abroad, having research collaboration and academic exchange relations with more than 70 academic institutions from over 30 countries.
  • The Shanghai Mental Health Center was founded in 1935, with Mercy Hospital and Shanghai Psychiatric Hospital being its predecessors. The center consists of Xuhui campus and Minhang campus. There are more than 1,100 full-time medical staff and more than 2,100 open beds. The center has strong technical force in clinical sub-specialties, including general psychiatry, clinical psychology, mood disorder, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, rehabilitation center and addiction medicine. It is committed to developing and improving the clinical diagnosis and treatment of mental diseases and is building a national psychiatric center. The center also undertakes important functions such as WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health, Shanghai Psychotherapy and Psychological Counseling Center, Shanghai Center for Mental Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Mental Health Research Institute, National Clinical Center for Mental Disease, and National Clinical Trial Center on Psychotropics.

Current SJTU Program Faculty

  • Hui Lu

    School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology

    Dr. Hui Lv currently serves as the Head of the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics in the School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, co-director of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University-Yale University Biostatistics Center, and acting director of Shanghai Center for Pediatric Precision Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Peking University and his PhD from the University of Illinois. After graduation, he taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and received tenure. He has trained and graduated more than 20 doctors. Dr. Lu currently holds an adjunct appointment at Yale School of Public Health in the Department of Biostatistics.

  • Tao Wang, PhD

    School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology

    Dr. Wang's research primarily focuses on biostatistics, high-dimensional data statistics, and statistical machine learning, with a particular emphasis on the statistical foundations and analysis methods related to biomedical big data. His research contributions are published in prestigious international journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, and Genome Biology. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and has been honored with the Rising Star Award by the Shanghai Society of Bioinformatics. In 2022, he was awarded the Excellent Young Scientists Fund from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Dr. Wang currently holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health.

  • Zhangsheng Yu

    School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology

    Dr. Yu's research interests include statistical and AI methods in health science. He has developed deep survival methodologies for disease risk prediction based on medical and pathological images. His current research focus on competing risk and other survival models incorporating image using deep neural network. He collaborates with medical investigators in the areas of liver, kidney diseases, cancer, and early childhood development.He serves as the associate editor or editorial board member of multiple journals (e.g. Statistics in Medicine, Heart Rhythm, Journal of Digestive Disease). He served as the president of the Central Indiana Chapter of American Statistical Association and currently serves as the vice-president of Clinical Statistics Chapter of World Congress of Chinese Medicine. He is also directing the Clinical Research Institute and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine.

  • Dahai Zhao

    School of International and Public Affairs

    Dr. Dahai Zhao is Professor at the SJTU School of International and Public Affairs, and Executive Director of SJTU-Yale Joint Center for Health Policy. He is also the commentator at China Global Television Network (CGTN), Dragon TV, and Shanghai TV News Channel. He was a postdoctoral research scholar at Stanford University (2010-2011), and a visiting Associate Professor at Yale University (2016-2017), and the Deputy Director of the Health Commission of Xuhui District in Shanghai (2018-2019). He was selected as the Chenguang Scholar (2010), the SMC-Chenxing Scholar (2016), and the Shuguang Scholar (2018). He chaired the National Philosophy and Social Science Fund, the Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Science Fund, the Shanghai Philosophy and Social Science Plan and several other academic projects. His areas of research include health policy, health economics, and public policy.

  • Bing Su, PhD, MPH

    Shanghai Institute of Immunology, SJTUSM

    Dr. Su is the KC Wong Endowed Professor and Director, Shanghai Institute of Immunology, SJTU and Director, SJTUSM - Yale University Institute of Immune Metabolism. He received his B.S. in Cell Biology from Peking University and completed his MPH and PhD graduate studies at Yale University. He continued his postdoctoral research at the University of California. Prof. Su joined SJTU and the Shanghai Institute of Immunology in 2012. The research in his laboratory focuses on the biology of signal transduction mediated by the intracellular protein kinase network such as the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades and the mammalian target of rapamycine (mTOR) pathway in gut immune responses and in blood vessel function/development. They study the genes that encode either the serine/threonine kinases or their regulators in the kinase pathways. Prof. Su has been recognized as a Distinguished Professor of SJTU School of Medicine. Dr. Su currently holds an adjunct appointment at Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Immunobiology.

  • Huabing Li, PhD

    Shanghai Institute of Immunology, SJTUSM

    Dr. Li graduated from Nankai University with B.S. and M.S. degrees, then obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry in 2011 in Vincenzo Pirrotta lab at Rutgers, the state University of New Jersey, working on Polycomb mediated long-distance chromatin interactions in Drosophila. He continued his postdoc training with Dr. Richard Flavell at Yale University School of Medicine since 2012, working on regulatory RNAs and RNA epigenetic switches of the immune system. Dr. Li established his independent lab at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine since 2017. The lab is especially interested in the physiological functions and molecular mechanisms of RNA epigenetic modifications and related RNA binding proteins in immune cells and related immune disease with mouse disease models. Combined with the state-of-the-art technologies and international collaboration, we aim to reveal novel fucntions and mechanisms of inflammation and autoimmune disease, which will contribute to the identification of potential targets for anti-autoimmune and anti-tumor drug development.

  • Florent Ginhoux

    Shanghai Institute of Immunology, SJTUSM

    Dr. Ginhoux graduated in Biochemistry from the University Pierre et Marie CURIE (UPMC), Paris VI, obtained a Master’s degree in Immunology from the Pasteur Institute in 2000 and his PhD in 2004 from UPMC, Paris VI. As a postdoctoral fellow, he joined the Laboratory of Miriam Merad in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), New York. In 2008, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gene and Cell Medicine, MSSM and member of the Immunology Institute of MSSM. He joined the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*STAR in May 2009 as a Junior Principal Investigator. He is now a Senior Principal Investigator and an EMBO Young Investigator and his laboratory is focusing on the ontogeny and differentiation of macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs) in both humans and mice. In 2015, he joined Shanghai Institute of Immunology as an adjunct professor.

  • Jing Wang

    Shanghai Institute of Immunology, SJTUSM

    Dr. Wang received her B.S. in Biotechnology from Nankai University in 2005 and pursued her graduate studies on Immunology in Osaka University. Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Medical Science in 2011 and then continued as a postdoctoral fellow in Osaka University (2011~2013). In 2013, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Paul Kubes at University of Calgary as a postdoctoral fellow and was a recipient of the Banting Fellowship, the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship in Canada. Dr. Wang joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Institute of Immunology as a Principal Investigator since May, 2018. Her main research interest is to understand how various types of white blood cells recognize and respond to the presence of "danger agents" that may harm the body.

  • Xiao-kui Guo

    School of Global Health, SJTUSM

    Dr. Guo is Professor, School of Global Health, Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research-SJTU, Deputy Director of the National Tropical Diseases Research Center; Deputy Director, One Health Center, SJTU-The University of Edinburgh. He also chairs the Medical Microbiology Immunology Committee of the Chinese society of Microbiology, vice chairman of microecology branch of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, vice chairman of microecology and health branch of the China Medical Education Association, and vice president and secretary general of the Shanghai Society of Microbiology. His scientific research mainly focuses on science in One Health: including zoonosis such as leptospirosis and brucellosis, the safety of functional foods and drugs such as probiotics and probiotics, prevention and control of bacterial drug resistance. He has won more than 20 scientific research and education awards at or above the provincial and ministerial level, e.g. the national special prize for educational and scientific research achievements and first prize for national teaching achievements.

  • Xiao-nong Zhou

    School of Global Health, SJTUSM

    Professor Zhou is Vice Dean, School of Global Health, Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research-SJTU School of Medicine; and Director, One Health Center, SJTU-The University of Edinburgh. He is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Tropical Diseases, and Chief Scientists on Parasitic Diseases at Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Professor Zhou graduated with a PhD from Copenhagen University, Denmark, and has worked on parasitic disease control for over 40 years, and his professional works span the fields of ecology, population biology, and epidemiology of tropical diseases.His research interests focus on the field of climate change, control strategies, determinants and innovative modeling of disease transmission, and intervention assessment. He has led dozens of multi-institution research projects at the national and international levels, such as Major Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Science and Technology Major Project, projects with WHO and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, etc. He had been Vice Director (2001-2010) and Director (2010-2023) of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention based in Shanghai.

  • Zhao-jun Wang

    School of Global Health, SJTU SM

    Dr. Zhaojun Wang is Vice Dean of the School of Global Health, Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research-SJTUSM, and Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology at SJTUSM, Zhiyuan Honors Teaching Faculty in SJTU, and principle investigator at the Shanghai Institute of Immunology. Dr. Wang obtained her B.Med in medical laboratory science and M.Sc. in microbiology at Shanghai Second Medical University. She received her Ph.D. degree in immunology from SJTU. Dr. Wang pursued her postdoctoral studies in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Science, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Wang is an expert in the research of infectious diseases, specifically she is interested in the regulation of innate immune responses and immunopathologic mechanisms of parasitic diseases. Dr. Wang is the course director including courses on Foundation of Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology for undergraduate and graduate students. She is also Vice Director for Faculty Development at SJTUSM.

  • Min Zhao

    Shanghai Mental Health Center, SJTUSM

    Dr. Zhao is Professor of Psychiatry at the Shanghai Mental Health Center. Her research focus is on basic mechanisms and new clinical intervention techniques in addiction. To date, she has published almost 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA Psychiatry, World Psychiatry, Ebiomedicine, and Addiction. She has received numbers of advanced grants from prominent national and international organizations such as National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC-CN), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and World Health Organization (WHO). She is an Associate Editor for Addiction and General Psychiatry and holding active leadership and membership at eminent associations and advisory groups, such as International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM), Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (CADAPT) and several WHO/UNODC expert groups.