Thanks to its impressive economic growth, China has increasingly become a major player in science with great ambitions. In fact, in 2018 China has even overtaken the US in terms of total number of publications and top Chinese scientific institutions are breaking into lists of the world’s best.



Over the last 40 years, the city has developed considerably becoming a major technological and entrepreneurial hub hosting tech giants like Huawei, Tencent and DJI. Local research institutions such as the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) and Shenzhen University are emerging with the ambition of topping China’s science and technology rankings in the near future.

Shenzhen University

Shenzhen University

Shenzhen University (SZU) was established in 1983, while the Health Science Center (HSC) was established in 2013 to optimize the coordination and the promote the rapid development of the Medical Sciences at the University. The SZU HSC faculty consists of 160 members, many of whom are internationally competent in the field of basic and applied research of genome stability.

Research activities


IFOM and Shenzhen University have joined forces to establish the Shenzhen University-IFOM Center for Genome Stability and Aging - S.I.G.M.A.whose research focus is on genome instability pathways and their impact on aging, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.