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Team for Molecular Ecology of Animal Viruses


  Team for Molecular Ecology of Animal Viruses, one of 10 innovation teams at Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, was established in 2014. Our team clustered into the veterinary immunology, a branch of eight disciplines in Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). Based on the concept of the viral molecular ecology proposed by Professor Chin-min Hsiang (1914-2006), we are employing influenza and Newcastle viruses as models, to explore the inherent relationship between viruses and hosts, and further investigate the molecular mechanisms of virus infection, immunity and coevolution. The eventual goal would be to develop novel biologic reagents against animal virus infection.

  PI: Qiyun Zhu

  PhD, Professor

Global Aim

    We utilize the technologies of molecular ecology, virology, immunology, genetics and biochemistry: i) to explore the viral evolution, pathogenesis and immune responses mediated by influenza and Newcastle viruses; ii) to develop a series of novel vaccines and diagnostic reagents for animal disease control based on the above-mentioned fundamental research.



    Research Interest

  1. Molecular ecology and genetic evolution of animal viruses

  2. Innate immune responses mediated by animal viruses

  3. Development of novel vaccines and immunological study

  Scientific Funding

  The Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Program, National Natural Science Foundation of China, the 13th Five-Year national key R & D Program, Central Scientific Institution Basal Research Fund, Support on major research breeding from State Key Laboratory, and Gansu High-level Talents Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support Program, etc.

  Research Achievement

  A total of 27 papers have been published on the peer-reviewed journals, such as PNAS, J Virol, J Immunol, Virology, Clin Vaccine Immunol, Virus Res and Arch Virol, and have been cited about 400 times. Our team achieved an approval of clinical trial authorized by Ministry of Agriculture for Newcastle disease marker vaccine and 3 authorized patents, and has trained more than 20 master and PhD students.

  Team Member

  One chief scientist; 4 permanent staff ; 1 visiting associate professor; 5 research associate; 1 PhD student and 6 graduate students.

  Vacant Position

  Sincerely welcome talents who are enthusiastic in animal disease control and have the experience at virology or immunology joining us.

  Contact Information

  Address: No.1, Xujiaping, Chengguan District, Lanzhou, Gansu Province, P. R. China. 730046

  Tel: 86-0931-8341628

  E-mail: jiayane@caas.cn; zhangjinjin@caas.cn