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The Research Center for Industries of the Future (RCIF) at Westlake University is the first research organization of its kind in China. It explores new paradigms of technological innovations for the industries of the future. RCIF facilitates the connections between curiosity-driven basic research, problem-driven applied research, and goal-driven translational research, to broaden the impacts of our scientific discoveries on the human society.
RCIF leverages Westlake’s strong in-house expertise in life sciences, medical research, physical sciences, and engineering to support the pursuit of bold research ideas, original and transformative scientific discoveries, and cross-disciplinary innovations that meaningfully address the society’s grand challenges.
WESTLAKE LABORATORY OF
LIFE SCIENCES AND BIOMEDICINE
The Westlake Laboratory of Life Sciences and Biomedicine (WLLSB) was inaugurated in July 2020. It is one of the first research laboratories funded by the Zhejiang Provincial Government. It is led by Westlake University, jointly established with the College of Pharmacology at Zhejiang University and the Hangzhou First People’s Hospital Group. WLLSB collaborates with top tier universities (such as Peking University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University), research institutes, and innovative companies in China, and uses cutting-edge research approaches in life sciences and biomedicine to explore two of the most prominent and challenging research areas, including aging-associated diseases and cancer. The laboratory strives to generate breakthrough findings in both basic and translational studies with top-notch technologies.
The Key Laboratory of Structural Biology of Zhejiang Province currently has 16 principal investigators. One focus of the Key Laboratory is structural biology studies carried out to understand the assembly and regulation of biomacromolecular machines and the structure-function relationship of membrane proteins. Interdisciplinary studies between structural biology and other disciplines such as protein design, medicinal chemistry, and proteomics are the other focus of the Key Laboratory, with the aims of understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the initiation and progression of human diseases and accelerating the development of effective treatments.
The Key Laboratory of Growth Regulation and Translation Research of Zhejiang Province leads genetic and translational medicine research related to tissue organ growth regulation, relying on our high throughput screening facility, mass spectrometry capabilities, and laboratory animal center.
The laboratory focuses on biological size, function, manipulation, and disease, building on our organ growth control research studies. We combine genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and physical methods in a multidisciplinary approach using artificial intelligence, clinical medicine, neuropsychology, and pharmaceutical chemistry to carry out basic and applied research.
Our research focuses on (1) the role and mechanism of growth regulation in fruit flies, (2) biological functions and mechanisms governing mammalian organ size and growth, and (3) research and development of disease diagnosis and treatment through organ size regulation mechanisms.
The Key Laboratory of Precise Synthesis of Functional Molecules of Zhejiang Province focuses on developing new synthetic methodologies and innovative synthesis strategies. It aims to enable efficient synthesis of functional materials and construct libraries of bioactive molecules, for the discovery and development of novel molecules with medicinal and biomedical applications.
This Key Laboratory is supported by the Center for Micro/Nano Fabrication of the School of Engineering and various research groups at the university.
The laboratory focuses on innovative research and applications of 3D micro and nano processing and characterization technologies. Based on the micro/nano structures and components enabled by advanced fabrication facilities, the laboratory aims to create a synergy of microelectronics integration technologies and micro-nano device processing.
The Key Laboratory for Quantum Materials of Zhejiang Province is a consortium of the Instrumentation and Service Center for Physical Sciences at Westlake University and multiple research groups engaged in condensed matter physics. The current director is Dr. Ruihua He.
By taking advantage of our strengths in synthesis, characterization, theory, and computational analysis of quantum materials, this key laboratory aims to make fundamental and technological breakthroughs to surmount obstacles in quantum materials research.
Major research directions include: (1) harnessing topological states for groundbreaking surface properties, (2) exploring novel bulk properties of correlated-electron materials, (3) manipulating quantum effects in low dimensional nanostructures, and (4) developing sophisticated tools to accelerate discovery and technological deployment of quantum materials. These will pave the way to a better understanding of quantum materials and exploration of their rich technological potentials.
Key Laboratory of Coastal Environment and Resources of Zhejiang Province (KLaCER) was established in 2021 with strong support from the provincial Science and Technology Agency. KLaCER endeavors to advance our understanding of the coupling mechanisms of land-ocean-atmosphere interactions that underlie various eco-environmental and resource utilization problems in the coastal zone, and to develop innovative methodologies and techniques to tackle these problems. The main research objectives are to (1) Discover and understand land-ocean-atmosphere interactions in the coastal zone; (2) Develop sustainable technologies for coastal pollution control and ecological restoration; (3) Explore and develop marine resources. KLaCER aims to become a world-leading center of excellence in coastal zone research, providing strong scientific and technological support for solving the eco-environmental and resource utilization problems in coastal zones in Zhejiang Province, China, and other parts of the world.
KLaCER is well equipped with analytical instruments including UPLC-MS/MS, GC- FID/TCD/ECD, HPLC, total organic carbon analyzer (TOC), ultra-fast centrifuge (maximum speed 100000rpm), fully automated water quality analyzer, ultrapure water provision device, and other advanced instruments and equipment.
CENTER OF ZHEJIANG PROVINCE
The Engineering Research Center of Micro/Nano-Photonic/Electronic System Integration of Zhejiang Province was established in December 2020. This center concentrates on research and development of state-of-the-art technology for integrated micro/nano photonic and electronic systems for future data intensive information industry.
UNIVERSITY-ESTABLISHED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
The Westlake University Smart Technology Research Center was formally established on November 4, 2019. This center will enhance Westlake University's research capabilities in the field of smart technology, attract high-level talent, carry out technical research in the field of smart applications, and support Westlake University in establishing an industry-oriented smart technology research system.
The Center of Artificial Photosynthesis for Solar Fuels at Westlake University (CAP for Solar Fuels @Westlake) is an established research center under direction by Prof. Licheng SUN, dedicated to overcoming the challenges associated with solar energy utilization and storage so as to achieve the ambitious goal of “carbon neutrality”.
The CAP for Solar Fuels @Westlake aims to provide multiple-scale understandings of chemical processes at complex solid-gas, gas-liquid and solid-liquid interfaces, and eventually design the state-of-the-art materials to achieve high-efficient solar energy conversion for renewable fuels and value-added chemicals.
The Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR) was established by Westlake University in response to the emerging global infectious diseases. The CIDR is making transformative scientific advances to better understand a broad spectrum of infectious diseases, particularly those caused by coronaviruses, the influenza virus, human immunodeficiency virus, and infectious bacterium.
Through multidisciplinary collaborations, CIDR focuses on these research areas: epidemiology and application of innovative technologies in public health, pathophysiology and mechanisms of microbial infections, multi-level biomedical measurements and diagnostics, development of therapeutic antibodies and vaccines, small molecule drug discovery and development, and pioneering antimicrobial technology and medical device development.
By integrating fundamental research, applied research, key technology development, clinical diagnosis and treatment, and translational research, CIDR contributes to infectious disease prevention and treatment as well as the development of the biomedical industry worldwide.
The Westlake University-Muyuan Group Joint Research Institute conducts interdisciplinary and fundamental research focusing on public health in China. Muyuan Group is a leader in the animal husbandry industry and has instituted new intelligent breeding techniques for modern sustainable production. Committed to transforming the industry through technological innovation, Muyuan Group and Westlake University are working together to improve public health standards and welfare.
The Institute for Theoretical Sciences was established in September 2020. Led by Professor Gang Tian, the institute aims to gather talent from around the globe to pioneer theoretical investigations across a range of fundamental disciplines such as mathematics and theoretical physics.
Westlake Center for Genome Editing is a newly established research center at Westlake University, aiming to develop novel technologies for genome editing applications. Zhiwei Huang is the director of the center, and the Yunqi Chair Professor at the School of Life Sciences.
The research directions of the center include: Novel genome editing approaches; Delivery systems for genome editing; Genome editing at the organismal level; Genome editing-related DNA damage repair.
The center is now recruiting research staff, postdoctoral fellows, and research assistants!
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The Westlake University “Center of Synthetic Biology and Integrated Bioengineering” (WE-SynBio) is affiliated to the School of Engineering and jointly built by the School of Life Sciences and the School of Science. The director of the center is Prof. Anping ZENG, member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and a chair professor of synthetic biology and bioengineering at Westlake University. The goal of WE-SynBio is to integrate expertise from life sciences, bioengineering, materials science, green chemistry and artificial intelligence etc. to carry out cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, especially to develop original synthetic biology methods, high-impact bioproducts, and highly efficient biomanufacturing processes. The center focuses on new generation of biopharmaceuticals, biomaterials and key technologies for large-scale bio-manufacturing based on carbon dioxide and solar energy. The center will build a BT-IT synthetic biology platform and a miniplant biomanufacturing system which will be opened to PIs for cooperative researches and to enterprises for joint technology or product development.