Tackling China’s Challenges through Science and Technology
A newly established university, ShanghaiTech University offers a stimulating environment for pursuing studies and impactful research
Officially opened on September 30th 2013, ShanghaiTech University is a research university jointly established by the Shanghai Municipal Government and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Addressing pressing challenges
ShanghaiTech is dedicated to be a research university of academic excellence and a dynamic people centered hub where innovative research, education, and community service meet to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and to solving global challenges.
Located in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, ShanghaiTech is close to various industries and venture companies. It is also near several large science facilities, including the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the National Facility of Protein Science in Shanghai, the National Drug Screening Platform and the Shanghai Center for Microsatellites. Over 700,000 square meters in area, its campus was designed to be faculty and student oriented and to facilitate interaction and integration.
Focusing on science and technology, ShanghaiTech University consists of four schools — the School of Physical Science and Technology (SPST), the School of Information Science and Technology (SIST), the School of Life Science and Technology (SLST), the School of Entrepreneurship and Management (SEM) — and two research institutes — the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS) and the iHuman Institute. The fifth School, School of Creative Arts, is under planning.
Investing in people
The university is forming a top-tier faculty of 1,000 professors, including 500 tenured or tenure-track faculty (recruited globally) and 500 distinguished professors-in-residence from CAS or other prestigious universities or institutes. The current faculty (405 by April 2017) include three Nobel laureates, six National Academy of Sciences (USA) members, two Royal Society (UK) fellows, twenty-six CAS members and three Chinese Academy of Engineering members.
ShanghaiTech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It will eventually have 2,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students (including 3,000 PhD candidates). The first cohort of 296 graduate students was admitted in September 2013, followed by first cohort of 207 undergraduate students from 9 provinces in China in 2014. Currently there are 849 undergraduate students and 1272 graduate students on campus (by April 2017).
ShanghaiTech aims to nurture future leading scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. At ShanghaiTech, residential colleges work closely with schools to foster students’ moral integrity, academic capabilities and innovative spirit. Students are encouraged to investigate the challenges China faces, to explore cutting-edge research areas and high-tech industries, and to implement their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.
Advancing research through collaboration
By encouraging an interdisciplinary approach and the integration of university and national research facilities, the university aims to form a complete innovation value chain, which will drive industrial development through the advancement of science.
Of the first four large-scale science facilities initiated by the Zhangjiang Comprehensive National Science Center, ShanghaiTech is playing a very important role in the Free Electron Laser Facility, the Live Cell Imagining Facility and the Ultra-Intense and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Facility.
ShanghaiTech is actively engaged in the globalization of education. It has extensive collaborations with University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, MIT, Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of Padova. To break down barriers between research and industry, ShanghaiTech collaborates closely with domestic and international high-tech companies in joint research and development and student training.
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1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for ShanghaiTech University published between 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.
Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.
Outputs by subject (FC)
Highlight of the month
The metal uptake mechanism that keeps bacteria harmful
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Researchers in China have uncovered the structural details of a protein necessary to sustain bacterial virulence.
Living organisms need transition metals, like nickel, iron, and zinc, for their biological processes. During an infection, some bacteria produce a molecule, called staphylopine, which competes with human cells to bind to these metals. Another protein, called CntA, recognizes the staphylopine-metal complex and initiates its transportation across the bacterial membrane. The molecular mechanisms of this process have been unclear.
A ShanghaiTech University-led team crystallized CntA to study its structure and conducted experiments to understand its interaction with complexes formed between staphylopine and the metals cobalt, nickel and zinc. They also induced mutations to uncover the roles played by distinct parts of CntA in its overall function.
The investigations clarified the protein’s sophisticated recognition mechanism. Binding of the staphylopine-metal complex to CntA changed its shape, initiating metal transportation across the bacterial membrane. Targeting this mechanism could be a potent antibacterial strategy.
- PNAS 115, 3942–3947 (2018). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718382115
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International vs. domestic collaboration by FC
- 66% Domestic
- 34% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (74 total)
- ShanghaiTech University, China
- Domestic institution
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China
Fudan University, China
CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, China
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China
People's Liberation Army (PLA), China
Tsinghua University, China
Shandong University (SDU), China
Shanghai University (SHU), China
Top 10 international collaborators by FC (154 total)
- ShanghaiTech University, China
- Foreign institution
Max Planck Society, Germany
Stanford University, United States of America (USA)
Tufts University, United States of America (USA)
University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA)
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center), United States of America (USA)
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA)
University of Regensburg (UR), Germany
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States of America (USA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA)
University College London (UCL), United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.
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