The School of Life Sciences was established in July 2012 by merging the Research Institute of Agronomy and Life Science of CQU (founded at the end of 2007) and the Genetic Engineering Research Center, which formerly under the School of Biological Engineering of CQU. The School now has one chair professor of the Changjiang Scholars Program, and it is staffed by twenty-two full-time professors, eight associate professors, four part-time professors, three lecturers, and nine technical, administrative and clerical staff members. All full-time teachers have doctorate degrees and more than 90% of them have at least one year of overseas study or work experience. There are also thirteen postdoctoral fellows and other research staff, supported by various research grants.
The School of Life Sciences prides itself in offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses across a wide range of scientific disciplines such as agriculture, medicine, science, technology, environment. The school offers four major disciplines: (1) Microbiology: the study mainly focuses on biological control and drug innovation research of major agricultural pests; (2) Botany: the study focuses on plant hormone signal transduction, fruit ripening and aging mechanism, and plant genetic engineering; (3) Genetics: the study focuses on silkworm domestication genomics and functional genomics; (4) Physiology: the study focuses on the purification and function of biological functional membrane proteins and the mechanism of cancer.
The school pays special attention to the quality of student training and they implement a tutorial system for undergraduates to strengthen the principle of "two-way selection" between teachers and students. The school also implemented the undergraduate international joint training program to expand students' international horizons. Since 2012, the school has signed and implemented the agreement of "Excellent Undergraduates International Exchange and Cooperation program" with University of Toulouse, Georgia Regents University and Kumamoto University. Nearly thirty undergraduates were sent abroad for international exposure and training. More than 30% undergraduate students participated in the international joint training every year.
All professors and associate professors of the school are responsible for various aspects of teaching and research. They are providing various courses for undergraduates, graduates and PhD candidates. The teachers in the School of Life Sciences are running many research projects, including projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, projects of the National Basic Research (973), projects of the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863), and the National Programs for Science and Technology Development, with nearly eighty –six million yuan of research funds. The school has published more than three-hundred papers in the world-renowned journals of biology, such as Molecular Biology and Evolution, The Plant Cell, New Phycologist, Journal of Pineal Research, Cell Report, Plant Physiology, Plant Biotechnology Journal, ACS Nano, Materials Horizons, Advanced Functional Materials, Chemistry of Materials, and Biomaterials. The school has won two scientific and technological progress awards, and has applied for forty-five patents, among which eleven patents have been granted, and has published five monographs.
Currently, the School of Life Science has enrolled over three-hundred graduate students and eighty-six PHD candidates (including twelve international students). The school has active cooperation and foreign-exchange programs with international institutions all around world, and has organized forty academic reports, ten lectures at CQU, The 10th International Ethylene Symposium (three-hundred fifty participants), European Union TECHNO Project International Conference.
The school’s aim is to offer internationally competitive degrees that meet the needs of today's science graduates in the global job market. At present, the School of Life Sciences is vigorously introducing high-level academic leaders and outstanding young scholars all around world. The school planned to build a strong research team with about eighty teaching stuff by 2020.