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Major Science & Technology Innovation Platform
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 science 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.
Center for Infectious Disease Research
The Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR) was established by Westlake University in response to the global pandemics. Its mission aligns with the national strategic plan for prevention, treatment, and cures of major infectious diseases impacting people worldwide. It aims to make transformative scientific advances that lead to an understanding of a broad spectrum of infectious diseases focusing on coronavirus, influenza virus, human immunodeficiency virus and microbial infection. Through multidisciplinary collaboration, CIDR harbors six research areas, including 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, as well as cutting-edge antimicrobial technology and medical device development. By integrating fundamental research, applied research, key technology development, clinical diagnosis and treatment, and translational research, CIDR makes a full spectrum of contributions to infectious disease prevention and treatment as well as biomedical industry development worldwide.
Fundamental Research Platform
Key Laboratory of Precise Synthesis of Functional Molecules of Zhejiang Province
The Key Laboratory of Precise Synthesis of Functional Molecules of Zhejiang Province was established with approval by the Science Technology Department of Zhejiang Province, the Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission and the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Finance, on November 2019. Li Deng, Xu Yiming Endowed Chair Professor and Executive Dean of School of Science at Westlake University, will be the director of the Key Laboratory. The academic committee consists of prominent educators and scholars from China and overseas, providing advise on major issues in decision making process such as the strategic planning of the Key Laboratory.
Focusing on the development of new synthetic methodology and innovative synthetic strategies, the Key Laboratory aims to achieve rapid construction of libraries of bioactive functional molecules and efficient synthesis of novel functional materials, thereby providing materials for the original discovery and development of novel functional molecules of medicinal and biomedical applications. By achieving these goals, the Key Laboratory will become a world-class center of excellence in fundamental research and education.
Key Laboratory of Growth Regulation and Translational Research of Zhejiang Province
Zhejiang provincial key laboratory for growth regulation and translational research was established in November 2019 with the approval of Zhejiang provincial department of science and technology, Zhejiang provincial development and reform commission, and Zhejiang provincial department of finance. The laboratory will integrate its multidisciplinary strengths and strive to lead the genetic and translational medicine research related to tissue organ growth regulation, relying on the high throughput screening platform, mass spectrometry platform and animal center, etc. The members of the academic committee are famous experts and scholars in related fields.
Research purposes and contents:
Research work will revolve around "biological size, function, manipulation and disease", relying on our previous research of the organ growth control, the basis of the work in genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, physical methods and combined with artificial intelligence, clinical medicine, neuropsychology, pharmaceutical chemistry to carry out the basic theory and translation application research. The specific research includes the following three purposes: 1. The role and mechanism of growth regulation in drosophila melanogasters; 2. Biological functions and mechanisms of mammalian organ size and growth; 3. Research and development of disease diagnosis and treatment through organ size regulation mechanism.
Key Laboratory of 3D Micro/Nano Fabrication and Characterization of Zhejiang Province
Key Laboratory of 3D Micro/Nano Fabrication and Characterization of Zhejiang Province is established in February 2019 under the official approval from the Science and Technology Agency of Zhejiang Province. The lab marks one of the first batch of essential labs in Westlake University. The lab brings cohort resources from the school-level research platform for advanced micro-nano processing and testing in the School of Engineering and the university-wide research platform, the Westlake Center for Micro/Nano Fabrication. The existing facilities are hosted by the No.2 Building in Yunqi Campus with an overall floor area of 3,000 square meters and a total value of 60 million CNY.
The interdisciplinary-minded lab sets its key missions on the innovative research and application of 3D micro-nano processing and characterization technology based on the existing surface processing processes enabled micro-nano structures and components, coupled with its vision to create the futuristic synergy of the microelectronics integration technology and the micro-nano processing.
Key Laboratory of Structural Biology of Zhejiang Province
The research in the Key Laboratory of Structural Biology of Zhejiang Province is focusing on biomacromolecular machines and membrane proteins related to important biological processes or human diseases. We are working to understand the assembly and regulation of biomacromolecular machines and the structure-function relationship of membrane proteins, and to explore their posttranslational modification and protein-protein interaction patterns under physiological and pathological conditions. Based on these studies, we are carrying out studies such as molecular dynamics simulation, protein design, small molecule tool design and drug development, with the aim of understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the initiation and progression of human diseases and speeding up the development of effective treatments.
Key Laboratory for Quantum Materials of Zhejiang Province
The Key Laboratory for Quantum Materials of Zhejiang Province was established in January 2020, with approval by the Science Technology Department of Zhejiang Province, as a consortium of multiple research groups and labs in condensed matter physics and the Instrumentation and Service Center for Physical Sciences of the University.
By joining forces of Westlake University on fabrication, measurement, theory and computation of quantum materials, and taking advantage of the technical strength in quantum materials synthesis and characterization of the Instrumentation and Service Center for Physical Sciences, the Key Laboratory seeks for fundamental and technical breakthroughs on related foci and bottlenecks in quantum materials research. Specifically, four priority research directions are focused on (i.e., harnessing topological states for groundbreaking surface properties, exploring novel bulk properties of correlated electron materials, manipulating quantum effects in low dimensional nanostructures, developing cutting-edge tools to accelerate discovery and technological deployment of quantum materials), which include in total 10 key points and 30 projects for research in the early stage, paving the way to better understanding quantum materials and exploiting their rich technological potentials.
Key Laboratory of Coastal Environment and Resources of Zhejiang Province
Goals and objectives
The main research objectives of Key Laboratory of Coastal Environment and Resources Research of Zhejiang Province (KLaCER) 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.
Center of Artificial Photosynthesis for Solar Fuels at Westlake University
To achieve the ambitious goal of “carbon neutrality”, the Center of Artificial Photosynthesis for Solar Fuels at Westlake University (CAP for Solar Fuels @Westlake) was inaugurated on April 8th, 2020 and dedicated to overcoming the challenges associated with solar energy utilization and storage. The director of the center is Prof. Licheng SUN, a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, an academician of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), an expert in the field of artificial photosynthesis.
The mission of CAP for Solar Fuels @Westlake is 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 Institute for Theoretical Sciences
The Institute for Theoretical Sciences was inaugurated at Westlake University on September 24th, 2020. Professor Gang Tian was appointed to be the founding director. The institute aims to marshal talent around the globe and pioneer in theoretical research in a range of fundamental disciplines, including mathematics, theoretical physics, etc. The institute also carries out scientific research plan, project research, discipline construction and other related work independently.
Westlake Multidisciplinary Research Initiative Center
Conducting original research that may have significant impacts to the community is one of the missions of Westlake University. A new Center, the Multidisciplinary Research Initiative Center (MRIC), is formed to further fulfill this mission. MRIC is set up to facilitate the collaboration of the PIs from different disciplines and encourage PIs to take high-risk, high-reward original scientific research. We anticipate this center will become the innovative powerhouse of Westlake University, fostering innovative research ideas that may ultimately benefit the whole society.
Westlake MRIC is calling for proposals from Westlake University principal investigators (PIs) four times a year (in January, April, July and October). Each PI can only participate in one team and submit one proposal. Each project could have two or three PIs from different disciplines.