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School of Life Sciences (SLS) at Tianjin University was founded in December 2012 for building innovation and entrepreneurship, based on the state-of-the-art creative operation mechanism, and highly competitive and outstanding scientists. The mission of SLS is to conduct original, cutting-edge research in an interdisciplinary manner, aiming to improve health care that is vital to the nation’s well-being, and to transform the way we live.

SLS currently has 2 contractually employed academicians, 1 Recipient of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars and 9 Scholars in Provincial Talent Program. Thus far, SLS has been funded by more than 60 grants 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.

The current research of SLS focuses on molecular virology, vaccine development, structural biology, translational medicine and oncology, with scientific papers been published in the international top journals of the field, including SCIENCE, Nature Communication, Cell Research, Journal of Virology and Advanced Materials, and so on. The scientists in SLS have won the first prize of Tianjin Natural Science Award and the first prize of Tianjin Science and Technology Progress Award.

SLS has three departments: Department of Molecular and Structural Biology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Department of Nano-Biomedicine, which provide students with a distinctive education and training in the life sciences. SLS is qualified for granting doctoral, master and bachelor degrees. At present, there are 341 students, including 185 undergraduates and 156 post-graduates, in which 127 study for master degrees and 29 for doctoral degrees. The students are creative, and have won international, national and provincial awards, including three gold medals in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition.