The School of Life Sciences has five departments, including the Department of Biology, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Cell Biology, Department of Genetic and Developmental Biology, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, and other national teaching and scientific research platforms, including the State Key Laboratory of Cell Stress Biology, the National Center for Infectious Disease Diagnostic Reagents and Vaccines Engineering Technology Research, the National Joint Local Engineering Laboratory for Natural Products Targeted Drugs, the Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education of the Coastal Wetland Ecosystem, the National Life Science Experimental Teaching and Learning Demonstration Center, the Parasitology Laboratory, and the Engineering Research Center of the Ministry of Molecular Diagnostics. Formerly known as the Department of Biology, the Institute was founded in 1922 and has since produced a group of renowned experts and scholars with national and international reputations.
There are 189 faculty and staff members, including 59 professors and 29 associate professors in the School.
And it has nearly 50000 m2 of teaching and scientific research and houses many state-of-the-art facilities. The areas of research which are particularly prominent among the faculty members include: biomedical science, molecular cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, immunology, metabolic biology, tumor biology, neural biology, parasitic animal biology, aquatic biology and agricultural biotechnology.