Our Executive team oversees the academic and strategic direction of the Institute, as well as the day-to-day operations.


Professor Hongwei Ouyang

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Professor Hongwei Ouyang achieved his bachelor’s degree in clinical medicine from Hunan Medical University in 1994 and obtained his PhD degree in National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2003. He worked as a postdoc and clinical scientist for several years at NUS, before joining Zhejiang University in 2005.

He devotes himself to multidisciplinary research and education for musculoskeletal system restoration and regeneration, leading the team to make outstanding progress in the field of regenerative medicine.

In the last 10 years, he has initiated and demonstrated the first clinical application of tissue-engineered cartilage transplantation technology and has accelerated the translational research of innovative silk medical implants in China. He has established a research system of multidisciplinary intersection and upstream-downstream integration and has promoted the development of joint surgery from replacement to regeneration.

Currently, Professor Ouyang is hosting 2 key research projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. One is to investigate the mechanism of the development, pathology, and restoration of tendon, the other is to explore the molecular marker profile to characterize the subtypes of osteoarthritis. Additionally, he is hosting the national key research and development plan for stem cell projects, which aims to establish a new system for the large-scale expansion of stem cells. He has more than 70 research papers published on journals with impact factors higher than 10.0, such as Science Advances, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (IF 12.811), Advanced Functional Materials (IF 12.124), Stem Cell Reports/Stem Cells (Journal of International Society of Stem Cell Research), Biomaterials (Journal of International Biomaterial Society), Arthritis Rheumatology (Journal of Osteoarthritis Research Society International) et al.

These research achievements are specially commented by Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Nature website, and Journal of International Society of Stem Cell Research. Furthermore, Professor Ouyang received first prize on the Science and Technology Progress Award (2012) and second prize on the Natural Science Award of Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (2014).


Professor Sue Welburn
Executive Dean

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The Executive Dean is responsible for providing academic leadership and directing teaching, research and enterprise strategies within the ZJU-UoE Institute, shaping the future of educational partnership between Edinburgh and Zhejiang and forging new collaborative research opportunities between the Institute and partners.

Professor Sue Welburn achieved her bachelors degree in Applied Biological Sciences from The University of the West of England in 1984. She started her academic career at the Tsetse Research Laboratories in Bristol, and obtained her PhD in 1991. She worked for several years at the University of Glasgow, before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2000.

She established the Global Health Academy at The University of Edinburgh in 2009, which keys objectives are to offer world leading interdisciplinary postgraduate degrees to help combat global health challenges; engage in global collaborative research and participate and lead in the creation of global health networks and partnerships.

Professor Welburn currently has projects in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania, focusing on interventions for disease control.

Her research has focused on the interactions between parasites and their vectors and hosts that lead to transmission of human sleeping sickness. This has involved a dissection of the mechanisms of innate resistance of vectors to parasite infections and the complex interactions between host, vector and parasite that result in parasite differentiation, disease transmission and epidemiology and control. Recent research has concentrated on the design and use of molecular diagnostic tools for the study and management of sleeping sickness and animal trypanosomiasis, and integrated control methodologies for control of the Neglected Zoonoses. This has encompassed research ranging from ‘grass-roots’ fieldwork in Africa to laboratory-based dissection of the problems at the gene level.


The Vice Dean is responsible for leading the academic development of ZJU-UoE Institute including both the teaching programs as well as research development.

Professor Linrong Lu graduated from the Department of Biology, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), with a bachelor's degree in 1993. He was then admitted to the Graduate School of Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he obtained his PhD in 1998. He has been trained as a postdoc associate in MIT during 1998-2001. In 2001, he began his studies in immunology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School with Prof. Harvey Cantor. In July 2008, he was appointed as a full-professor of Immunology at Zhejiang University School of Medicine.

Professor Lu’s research is to elucidate the molecular pathways and cellular interactions that mediate and regulate thymocyte development and T cell-mediated immune responses. His work led to the discovery and functional characterization of two key signaling molecules Tespa1, which is essential in thymocyte positive section. His work also helped to elucidate the mechanisms how CD8+ T cells and NK cells regulate a CD4+ T cell-mediated adaptive immune response.

Professor Lu has published over 40 academic research and review papers in internationally renowned journals such as Nature Immunology, Immunity, J. Exp. Med., PNAS and BLOOD. He has received numerous awards including the National Outstanding Youth Fund and the leading talent for science and technology innovation of middle and young age. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee of the Infectious Immunology Branch of the Chinese Immunology Society and the Secretary General of the Immune Cell Division of the Chinese Cell Biology Society. He also served as editors for several Immunology Journals, including the American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology, Cellular and Molecular Immunology (CMI), Chinese Journal of Immunology and Frontiers in Immunology.


Vice Dean, Ye Chen is responsible for the administration of ZJU-UoE. She oversees the development of the joint Institution and runs finance, organisation, student affairs, admissions, publicity, and the administration offices.

Ye Chen received her BA (1993) in History Education from Hangzhou Normal College and MA (1999) in Philosophy Education from Renmin University of China. She was appointed Associate Professor in Higher Education Management at Zhejiang University in December 2004.

Ye Chen has been working in higher-education administration for over 20 years. She started her career as a student counsellor. With past experience in student admissions, graduate division management, degree application, postdoctoral management and discipline development, she brings over her rich experience in human resources and administrative management to ZJU-UoE Institute.


Professor Suhong Xu
Assistant Dean

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Professor Suhong Xu is a researcher of "hundred people plan", doctoral supervisor of Zhejiang University School of Medicine. His main research interests are tissue repair and regeneration,mitochondrial and ER contact and dynamic responses.

Work Experiences:
Jul., 2018-present The second affiliated hospital of Zhejiang University school of Medicine, professor.
2017.06-2018.06 Women’s hospital school of Medicine Zhejiang University, Assistant to the Dean.
Dec. 2015-present Zhejiang University School of Medicine, researcher and doctoral supervisor.
Jun. 2014 -- Nov. 2015, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), assistant research scientist.

B.S. Biology (2003), Wuhan University, China
Ph.D.(2009). Developmental Biology, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. 
Postdoc (2009-2015), University of California, San Diego