Life Science has a long, eventful, and prosperous history at Tsinghua University. The Biology Department, founded in 1926, was among the oldest and most prestigious in China. There are more than 40 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering who have studied or worked here. In 1952, the original Tsinghua Department of Biology was removed and incorporated into other Universities. However, 32 years later, in 1984, the Department of Biological Science and Biotechnology was reestablished, with Professor Mu-ming Poo being the founding Chairperson and Professor Nanming Zhao as the Vice Chair. In the ensuing 30 years, the School has gone through rapid transformations and gained national and international recognition. In September 2009, the Department of Biological Science and Biotechnology was formally replaced by the School of Life Sciences.
The School of Life Sciences is a National Base for Cultivation of Scientific Talents and National Base of Life Science and Technology Education. Experimental Teaching Center of Modern Life Science is among the first National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center. The School awards doctoral degrees to Biology and Marine Biology majors, and emphasizes areas such as biophysics, biochemistry and molecular biology, and developmental biology. During the 2012 Ministry of Education assessment, the School of Life Sciences was ranked No. 1 in the Biology category.
To strengthen its full-time faculty team, the School of Life Sciences has recruited 78 full-time faculty members, including 59 tenure-track faculty, 10 lecturers and 9 research-track faculty. Among them, there are 4 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 6 One-Thousand-Talents Scheme Scholars, 13 Youth One-Thousand-Talents Scheme Scholars, 12 Cheung Kong Scholars, 19 Outstanding Young Talent of the National Science Foundation for China, 5 National "973" Project PIs, and 9 professors of the Tsinghua University One-Hundred-Talents Scheme.
We have representation in most major disciplines of modern experimental biology. Life Science, the pillar of healthcare and medicine, is at the forefront of modern research and education in the twenty-first century. As Tsinghua University is poised to become a world leader in higher education, life science has been given a top priority for development and expansion. Since 2008, members of the School have published 26 original research papers in world-renowned journals such as Nature, Science, and Cell, with 5 published in 2013.
Aiming to become a world-class research institute for biology, we are actively seeking collaborations with researchers around the world to promote interdisciplinary research. The School of Life Sciences aims to provide the finest education and research training to students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. To accomplish this goal, we have modernized our teaching materials as well as teaching philosophy. Rather than bombarding students with endless textbooks, we teach students the logic and method of active learning.
We welcome collaborations with researchers around the world, and welcome student candidates to apply to the Tsinghua University School of Life Sciences!