Prof. ZHOU Qi, member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is the Vice-President of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).  

He received his PhD in Histology and Embryology in 1996 from Northeast Agricultural University, China, and held a postdoctoral fellow and then an associate professor position from 1997-1999 at the Institute of Developmental Biology, CAS. He was a postdoctoral fellow and project leader at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) from 1999-2002. He is now a Professor at the Institute of Zoology, CAS, the director of the State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology, and the Chief Scientist of the “Strategic Priority Research Program” of the CAS. In 2015, Prof. Zhou was elected as a CAS Member.  

Prof. Zhou's work concentrates on the mechanisms of cell reprogramming, cell fate control, obtaining and maintenance of stem cells pluripotency, etc. In addition, he establishes animal models, including mouse, rat, porcine, primate, and cell models for studying human diseases. He is also dedicated to promoting the application of stem cells to clinical use.  

Among other academic responsibilities, he has been serving as the representative of China to the International Stem Cell Forum (ISCF) since 2007 and as the President of ISCF since 2014. He was elected as the Member of Annual Meeting Program Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) (2014-2015), the Vice President of the Chinese Society for Cell Biology (2015-), and the President of the Chinese Society for Stem Cell Research (2014-). He has served on various scientific advisory boards for both Ministry of Science and Technology of the P.R.C. and National Natural Science Foundation of China.  

He has been awarded many prizes and honors, including the Second Class Award of 2014 National Natural Science Award of China, the Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation.