SJTU Online Summer Research Intenship Program Introduction

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is a higher education institute in China, which enjoys a long history and a world-renowned reputation. Through 126 years of unrelenting effort, SJTU has become a comprehen-sive and research-oriented top international university in China. SJTU enjoys an ever-increasing level of scientific research excellence and technological innovation.

SJTU Summer Research Internship Program aims to promote international research collaboration and enhance the academic environment at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It offers excellent undergraduate students from all around the world the opportunity to spend a summer studying at world-class research laboratories, alongside prominent research professors. It will prepare undergraduate students for further studies through intensive research experience with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

In addition, participants will develop their research skills by enjoying lectures with topics such as “How to Write a Research Essay”, “How to Cooperate in a Project”.  Participants will also learn about Chinese language and culture, which will enhance their intercultural awareness and communication.

What Participants will receive?

>    Knowledge of the top research projects in China

>    The opportunity to work with top Chinese professors, fellows, and students

>    A good basis for a career in academic research

>    The opportunity to co-author a scientific paper

>    Knowledge of Chinese language and culture

>    A rewarding and unforgettable experience in China

Eligibility Requirements

>    Students from overseas(Non-Chinese Citizen), Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao are eligible to apply.

>    Students must have completed at least one year of an undergraduate program and be enrolled as

a current undergraduate.

>    Hold at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.

>    Students from non-English speaking countries must provide an English language proficiency certificate: an IELTS with a score no less than 6.0 or a TOEFL with a score no less than 78 points.  If you are studying in a fully English taught program, you must provide the relevant certificates.

>    Additional requirements vary per laboratory.


27 June, 2022- 5 August, 2022

Academic Information


3 SJTU Credits

Program duration

In-Lab Hours: 20 hours/week


There are three grading sections in this program:

Attendance 30%

Midterm presentation 30%

Final written report 40%

Application Procedures

Please apply through the website:

The following items shall be uploaded alongside the online application:

> A scan of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for at least 6 more months

for the visa application.

> ID photo (similar to a passport photo)

> Curriculum vitae (CV)

> Copy of your most recent academic transcript

> Motivation letter

> Recommendation letter

> Report of your past research experience (if available)

> Language proficiency certificate (if available)

Program Fee

Application fee (Non-refundable)


Tuition fee


* Tuition fee will be waived for students who are successfully selected to attend summer research internship program.

*It is very important that you fill in your name correctly on the online application. You should type in your legal

name as it appears on your passport exactly.

Online Application Deadline

30 MAY, 2022


You will be notified of the results through our website and an email within two weeks of completing the application.

Certificate and Transcript

After completing the program and submitting the final report, participants will receive an official certificate from the university.

Official transcripts will be sent to the mailing address that you have provided in the application in September, 2022. Students who wish to transfer credits need to obtain pre-approval from the relevantauthorities at your home universities.


Preparation for the Application

Completion of the online application

January to May, 2022

Notification of the application result

February to May, 2022


27 June, 2022

Opening Ceremony

28 June, 2022


27 June - 5 August, 2022

Finishing the program survey of issuing of certificates

30 August, 2022

Transcript delivery

September, 2022




Projects of Bio-X Institutes

Project 1

Research of Genomics Analysis and Genetic Mechanism of Complex Diseases

Contact Information:

Prof. Yongyong Shi


Project Description and Objectives:

This lab is focusing on developing new analytical tools for genetic studies, and discovering

new genetic mechanisms of cancers, mental disorders, heart diseases and endocrine diseases.

The major researching interests include: (1) development of new experimental methods and

data analysis algorithms in molecular genetics ; (2) Identification of common/rare variants

associated with complex diseases such as schizophrenia by genome-wide association studies;

(3) perform in vivo and in vitro functional studies for novel mutations to reveal their exact

pathogenic mechanisms. (4) development of the correlated new drug and/or minimally

invasive diagnosis for target therapies. Through the above works, we aim to identify risk

genes, pathways and mechanisms of drug action for complex diseases and contribute to the

precision medicine in the near future.

Eligibility Requirements:

> Basic knowledge of genetics, statistics and molecular biology.

Main Tasks:

The student will be involved in all stages of the project:

> Bioinformatics

> Chip/sequencing data analysis

> in vivo/vitro functional experiments




Project 2

Developmental regulationmechanism of female germlinestem cells development

Contact Information:

Prof. Ji Wu

Project Description and Objectives:

In recent years, the global infertility has increased year by year, with an incidence rate of

10-15%. How to restore (or repair) ovarian function is the key to the treatment of ovarian

dysfunctional infertility. The discovery of adult mammalian and human female germline stem

cells has brought new opportunities for the repair of ovarian function and its mechanism.

This project mainly takes female germline stem cells as the research object to study the

regulatory mechanism of female germline stem cell development. This project will provide a

basis for the diagnosis and treatment of oogenesis disorders and other related diseases.

Eligibility Requirements:

> Theoretical analysis ability, logical thinking ability, teamwork ability.

> Interested in reproductive biology and stem cell biology.

Main Tasks:

> Midterm technical presentation.

> Final project report.




Project 3

The study on the pathogenesis of depression

Contact Information:

Asso.Prof. Weidong Li


Project Description and Objectives:

There is an increasing risk of mental disorders, such as acute stress disorder (ASD), post-traumatic

stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among survivors who were trapped in rubble

during earthquake. Such long-term impaction of a single acute restraint stress has not been

extensively explored. Our studies found subjected mice to 24-hour-restraint to simulate the

trapping episode, and also we discovered a potential target gene LHPP which play a critical

role in depression. Lateral habenula nucleus (LHb), the central of Amygdala (CeA) and anterior

cingulate cortex (ACC) has been reported associated with depression. In this project, we will

explore the neuron function in LHb, CeA and ACC of depressive-like mice induced by acute

stress (24-hour-restraint) and LHPP knock-out using multi-channel recording , voltage

sensitive detection imagine, Transcranial magnetic stimulation and whole cell recording. This

project may provide a clue for the study of pathogenesis of depression.

Eligibility Requirements:

> Understanding of lab safety.

> Interested students should have basic knowledge of Neurophysiology and signal


Main Tasks:

> Finish a research report.

> Give two research presentations.