Owing to the overlap among the cross-disciplines of Chemistry and Physics and Life Sciences, Biochemistry flourished in 1950s, which greatly promoted the research in the fields of pharmaceutics, industry and agriculture. In the former Department of Biology, the Biochemistry Major was established in 1958, with the joint efforts of the former Institute of Biochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences (located in Shanghai), the former Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry of Fudan University. Its current Chairwoman is Professor Aiwu Dong, and has 9 full professors and 6 associate professors. The faculty research areas include Plant Molecular Biology, Epigenetics, Regulation of Gene Expression, Cell Molecular Biology and Drug Discovery, and aim to contribute to basic understanding as well as economic growth. The research in the Department is funded by national and provincial projects, as well as industrial and international cooperation projects.

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