|Head: Prof. Huang Li
Introduction: The State Key Laboratory of Microbial
Resources (SKLMR), affiliated to the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese
Academy of Sciences, was founded in 1989 as part of a World Bank-sponsored
project in China. The Laboratory, directed by professor Li Huang,
has 20 staff members, including seven senior researchers, ten junior
researchers, one technician and two secretaries. Professor Jiangchun
Wei, an academician, chairs a 14-member academic committee overseeing
the academic issues of SKLMR.
Areas of interest and ongoing research activities: The
SKLMR has devoted much of its efforts to the collection and evaluation
of microbial resources in China, the study of basic biology of extremophiles
and the exploitation of the biotechnological potential of microorganisms.
The Laboratory is currently conducting research in the following four
areas: (A) extremophiles; (B) bioactive substances of microbial origin;
(C) biotechnology; and (D) microbiology databases.
Facilities: The SKLMR has an array of modern instruments
for microbiological and molecular biological research, including 5-liter
fermenters, freeze dryers, ultra-speed, high speed and large capacity
centrifuges, analytical and semi-preparative HPLC systems, an FPLC
system, gas chromatographs, a GC-mass spectrometer, ultra-low temperature
freezers and an inverted microscope equipped with a micromanipulator.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows: The
SKLMR offers Ph.D. and M.Sc. programs in microbiology, biochemistry
and molecular biology. In the past five years, the Laboratory have
recruited 35 Ph.D. students, 28 M.Sc. students and trained three postdoctoral
fellows. During the same period of time, 13 Ph.D. students and 12
M.Sc. students have graduated.
Research achievements: In 2001, the SKLMR has published
27 research papers (7 of them on journal indexed in SCI) and 4 monographs.
Four patent applications were filed and three patents were granted.
It has also signed two agreements for technology transfer.