深圳湾实验室机构介绍 | Nature Index 传染病特刊



10月28日,自然指数(Nature Index)在最新一期专题传染病特刊中,通过传染病研究所新晋青年科学家的个人经历,介绍了实验室在传染病学研究方向的布局及核心优势。以深圳湾实验室为代表的前沿科研机构已成为深圳乃至整个粤港澳大湾区高端人才的汇集地和吸引子。深圳湾实验室(生命信息与生物医药广东省实验室)是广东省、深圳市建设粤港澳国际科技创新中心和综合性国家科学中心的重大战略部署,是深圳建设中国特色社会主义先行示范区行动中,全力支持的重大创新载体,向生命科学、生物医药及医学工程研究方向的全球顶尖科研人才发出诚挚邀请。 

【编者按】自然指数(Nature Index)是自然出版集团旗下的一个统计高水平论文发表信息的数据库,收录了在82家独立评选出的高质量科研期刊上发表的原创性论文,论文作者以及所属院校的信息。



Min Zheng in his lab at Shenzhen Bay Laboratory’s Institute of Infectious Diseases.

The Shenzhen Bay Laboratory (SZBL), located in Guangming Science City, was established in 2019 as a life science innovation hub. A fresh, open-minded establishment, unencumbered by tradition, SZBL is looking to recruit young scientists who are seeking to develop their careers as independent researchers. Min Zheng, is one such scientist who answered the call.

After working at the St Jude Children’s research hospital as a postdoctoral fellow, Zheng recently joined SZBL’s Institute of Infectious Diseases as a Junior Principal Investigator, and is establishing his own lab to investigate the key mechanism that causes inflammation in respiratory infections, such as influenza virus and coronaviruses.

“Overt inflammation has been shown to play a critical role in lung damage following SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, the host factors regulating this during both SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus infection are largely unknown,” says Zheng. “The goal of my lab is to identify these key regulators, as they may provide insight to help us develop medicines to target these diseases.”

The Institute of Infectious Diseases at SZBL was founded in August 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as part of the nation’s plans to boost biomedical innovation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). The institute is now establishing Biosafety Level 2 & 3 labs which are essential for studying infectious pathogens.

Zheng moved to Shenzhen and SZBL in 2021, following his publications on inflammatory cytokines and innate immunity in Nature Immunology and Cell, respectively, and is now in the middle of recruiting his team and setting up his laboratory. “I love Shenzhen. It’s a beautiful and special city, built up by people from all over China. It’s always welcoming of people from the other provinces.”

But it’s the confluence of talents that attracted Zheng to the GBA and SZBL, in particular. “SZBL is a place where talents get together, and I believe we will grow quickly and make significant discoveries. As a newly established institution, I believe SZBL will be more open-minded, and will provide young scientists with more chances to explore their interests,” he says.

Zheng believes that the development of the GBA will create a positive feedback loop through the attraction of more high-tech companies and talents to the area, which will help his research at SZBL. “The distance limitation will be ruled out, so it will be a lot easier for us to work with a range of companies and talents.”

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