ZJU scientists discover the “Golden Baton” for regulating social interaction


Normal0false7.8 磅02falsefalsefalseEN-USZH-CNX-NONECortical network activities underlying normal human behaviors depend for the main part on an exquisite interplay between excitation and inhibition.In recent years, the research team led by Prof. XU Han at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine has been committed to fundamental research into the neurological mechanism for social behaviors ...


Light activated gene delivery nanodot system to enhance osseointegration


Due to poor osseointegration, patients with osteoporosis or diabetes show high risk of implantation, and often require dental implants with improved osseointegration capabilities. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop implants that promote osseointegration.Cell sheets play a vital role in gene therapies. Nonetheless, gene delivery platforms based on cell sheet technology are restricted to ...


Dialogue@ZJU: With Dr. Imran Haider Shamsi


[Message from the Editor: Recently Dr. Imran Haider Shamsi won the title "My Favorite Foreign Teacher" in 2019. Here he shared some thoughts with Global Communications.]Of course the moments of joy and happiness, I am very much grateful to the service department of foreign experts of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China, for conducting such...


Dr. Imran from CAB clinches the title of "My Favorite Foreign Teacher" in 2019


Recently, the 2019 " Foreign teachers and I" national essay competition and competition for "My favorite foreign teacher" activities came to an end. Dr. Imran Haider Shamsi, a full time Associate Professor from the Institute of Crop Sciences, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology (CAB) of Zhejiang University, was selected as "My favorite foreign teacher" in 20...


ZJU scientists fabricate a hybrid nanomedicine for liver cancer


Liver cancer is the seventh most common cancer and its mortality rate is the third highest. In China, approximately 330,000 people die of liver cancer every year, accounting for 42% of the world’s total death toll. Due to the fact that liver cancer is insidious, upon diagnosis, most patients will be found to be terminally ill and therefore lose the prime time of surgical treatment. Thus, com...


Engineered bacterial outer membrane vesicles enhance efficacy of phototreatment for skin cancer


On July 3, the research team led by Assoc. Prof. PENG Lihua and Prof. GAO Jianqing from the Zhejiang University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences published an open-access research article titled “Engineering bacterial outer membrane vesicles as transdermal nanoplatforms for photo-TRAIL-programmed therapy against melanoma” in the Science Advances.Melanoma is a malignant tumor loca...


Plant DNA virus can use host machinary to replicate in its insect vector


Of 1,000-plus known plant viruses, over 75% are transmitted by aphids, whiteflies, leafhoppers and other insects. However, merely a minority of plant RNA viruses have been confirmed to replicate within their insect vectors in addition to their plant hosts so far. Whether plant DNA viruses have also evolved to replicate in their insect vectors has remained elusive. More importantly, there has been ...


Dialogue@ZJU: With Prof. BAI Qianshen about Chinese calligraphy


[Message from the Editor: Chinese calligraphy holds important position in Chinese culture. Recently Prof. BAI Qianshen, an art historian of calligraphy, a calligrapher, dean of the School of Art and Archeaology and director of ZJUMAA, told us his experiences in teaching calligraphy in the US and the stories about his monograph Fu Shan's World: The Transformation of Chinese Calligraphy in...


Across-time-zone online urban design course dissertation amid the pandemic


On the evening of June 23, the fourth-year students in the Zhejiang University Department of Architecture gave their presentations on the final project for the course of Themed Design using zoom. The panel of evaluators, including ZJU professors, Prof. Martin Bechthold, director of the Master in Design Engineering (MDE) program and director of the Doctor of Design (DDes) program at Harvard Univers...


Elevated temperatures influence soil N cycling in the global scale


The research team led by Prof. XU Jianming from the College of Environmental and Resource Sources published an article entitled “Elevated temperature shifts soil Nitrogen cycling from microbial immobilization to enhanced mineralization, nitrification and denitrification across global terrestrial ecosystems” in the Global Change Biology on July 2, 2020.Our planet is plagued by...


Key miRNA related to TACE therapy identified for HCC patients


The research team led by Prof. JI Junfang from the Zhejiang University Life Sciences Institute published a research article titled “MiR-125b Loss Activated HIF1α/pAKT Loop, Leading to Trans-Arterial Chemoembolization Resistance in Hepatocellular Carcinoma” in Hepatology on July 1, 2020. This article elaborates on the regulatory role of miRNA-125b-activated hypoxia signaling pathways i...


ZJU scientists open the door to the regulatory mechanisms in the brain


The G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) is also known as seven-(pass)-transmembrane domain receptor in that it passes through the cell membrane seven times. It is involved in virtually any physiological and pathological process. As a major drug target, approximately 40% of the drugs take effect through the GPCR. Metabotropic γ-amino butyric acid (GABAB) receptor, located in the centr...


Dialogue@ZJU: With Prof. BAI Qianshen, director of ZJUMAA


[Message from the editor: Since the opening of Zhejiang University Museum of Art and Archeology (ZJUMAA) in 2019, ZJUMAA has become one of best places to go on the campus visit to ZJU. Recently we interviewed Prof. BAI Qianshen, director of ZJUMAA, and asked some questions about the Museum and the latest exhibition.]Q1: What is the founding purpose of ZJUMAA? BAI: ZJUMAA is a teaching mu...


A novel approach to realize DNA-free gene editing in plants


Genome-editing technologies using CRISPR-Cas nucleases have revolutionized plant science and hold immense promise in crop improvement. Conventional transgene-mediated CRISPR-Cas reagent delivery methods may be associated with unanticipated genome changes or damage, with prolonged breeding cycles involving alien DNA segregation and with regulatory restrictions regarding transgenesis.  DNA...