Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences (SIBS) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a leading research institution for life sciences in China. It was established through structural reorganization and institutional reform of 8 former CAS institutes, with research areas including Plant Physiology and Ecology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Neural Sciences, Health Sciences, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology etc. Among them, some institutes had the history of academic tradition and scientific accumulations for more than 50 years. In 2008, SIBS has 1528 scientists and staffs, and 1467 graduate students. Through 2009, SIBS has managed 989 scientific projects, with funding size ranging from 20 K RMB to 30 million RMB, from various regional, national and international funding agencies. In 2008, SIBS published 14 papers in Nature, Science, and Cell and their series, demonstrating its excellence in biological research and indicating its organizational capacity.
The CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology (PICB) was founded on May 2005 and is a sub-institute of SIBS. It was jointly established by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and German Max Planck Society (MPG). The institute focuses its research on the interface between theoretical and experimental molecular and cell biology. Currently, it focuses on four major research areas: Computational Genome Biology, Computational Protein Sciences, Computational Systems Biology, and Bio-mathematics. PICB works on topics related to food and energy security and health sciences. The Plant Systems Biology Group is one of the major research groups in the institute, working on developing plant systems models which spans from biophysical and biochemical processes of photosynthesis, to primary metabolism, up to leaf and canopy scale photosynthetic processes.