About iHuman

About iHuman

About iHuman

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The iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University is focused on integrating molecular, cellular, and whole organ/body data to build a dynamic atomic resolution model of the human body.  The institute has established a strong foundation in (1) Molecular: X-ray, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), electron microscopy (EM), mass spectrometry (MS), (2) Cellular: super resolution, confocal, coherent diffraction and (3) Human scale: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology development and data accumulation. Biology and chemistry are the glue that integrate the spatio-temporal data together.  

Faculty recruitment is focused on scientific leaders interested in working together towards this very ambitious scientific goal while also promoting their scientific careers. All faculty work closely together with incredibly strong supporting research cores.  The initial focus of the institute was on G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) given the strength of the founding leadership and is now evolving towards whole cell modeling.  In the future, the evolution will take us to dynamic atomic resolution models of organs and then whole body structural integration.  The iHuman Institute uniquely brings together research groups in the fields of Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Imaging, Structural Biology, Systems Biology, Cell Biology, MRI, and Translational Drug Discovery. We have a strong culture of collaboration between disciplines to decipher the mysteries of human health and disease through imaging and visualization tools.

 The institute is physically located at the very center of the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park surrounded by incredible resources for researchers including the National Protein Science Center, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), Shanghai Free Electron Laser, Chinese National Compound Library, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Fudan University, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, the soon to be established Zhangjiang Science City and more than 300 established biotech/pharma/computer science/telecommunications companies.


iHuman Vision

 Driving scientific and technological breakthroughs in human cell signaling and atomic resolution imaging of the human body in order to cure disease and improve human health.

iHuman Science Mission

 To understand and integrate human body structural data across the molecular, cellular, and whole body scales.

iHuman Educational Mission

 To educate, nurture and support the next generation of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs in integrated and collaborative approaches to science to enable creation of new medicines and diagnostics.

iHuman Educational Goal

 For each and every student to have the ability and drive to change the world to make it a better place.




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