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The Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded in 2001 by a merger of three former institutes of CAS, the Institute of Genetics (founded in 1959), the Institute of Developmental Biology (founded in 1980) and the Shijiazhuang Institute of Agricultural Modernization (founded in 1978). Professor Yongbiao Xue is the current Director-General. It includes 59 research groups. The faculty includes 2 Fellows of CAS and fifty-nine Principal Investigators. Among them, 36 faculty members are the recipients of the CAS Young Talented Award, also known as One Hundred Talent Program, the highest honor in CAS for young starters, and 25 of them have also received the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Award for young investigators, the highest honor for young scientists in the nation. Three research teams in the institute have received the Fund for Creative Research Groups from the NSFC, while other two teams have been supported by the CAS International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams. The institute has two State key labs, three Minister key labs and one Institute key lab. In addition, the National Plant Gene Research Center (Beijing) is affiliated with the institute.


The institute offer Ph. D and master degrees in Genetics, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Ecology and Biological Informatics. It has a staff of 59 senior scientists. Enrolment of students is 528 currently, of whom about 390 are studying for doctorates. This institute provides both excellent research and living conditions for students. All post-graduate students are awarded a good amount of stipends with 16,000 yuan for students pursuing master's degree and 30,000 yuan for doctorate students.

We insist people-oriented concept, focus on creating a good learning environment for students. The characteristic training model of IGDB is noted for excellent teaching, broad academic exchanges, scientific and rigorous evaluation mechanism, good experimental platform and various activities, which inspire students up on research and benefit for their career development.



Genetics  Developmental Biology  Cell Biology Ecology  Biological Informatics

Young students from every corner of the world who have been trained in biology, agriculture, medicine, computer science, chemistry and physics are welcome to join in IGDB.

Address: The admissions office, The Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), West Beichen Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China.

Tel: 86-10-64806522