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  • Prof Liu Wenhua

  • Prof Aaron Ciechanover

  • Prof Eliezer Shalev

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Dr. Wenhua Liu received his bachelor’s degree from Wuhan University, China and his PhD degree from City University of Hong Kong. He started his academic career in Third Institute of Oceanography, MNR, China in 1992, and moved to Shantou University in 2006. He is now a professor of Shantou University. Also, he is now heading the Marine Ecology and Environment Research Group. His research primarily focused on marine endangered species conservation, environmental pollution and health risk assessment, and ecological restoration. He has published over 90 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals including Water Research, Environmental Pollution, Science of the Total Environment, Aquatic Toxicology etc. At the same time, he has published two monographs “Chinese White Dolphin and the Other Cetaceans” and “Marine Ecological Restoration-Theory and Practices” as the co-author and submitted more than thirty consultancy reports to governmental and non-governmental organizations. He is now vice chair of National Science Committee in Aquatic Endangered Species, and the member of the Executive Board of National Marine Ecology Committee. Over the past ten years, he has worked as an independent reviewer for many institutions including Ministry of Ecology and Environment Protection, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and Ministry of Natural Resources, China.

I’m very happy to join the Technion effort to build GTIIT in China’s Guangdong Province. I intend to do everything in my power to make GTIIT a state-of-the-art and world-renowned leading university, and infuse it with the highest standards of academic life, research, and teaching.


While the main thrust of the Institute at its outset will be environmental sciences, in due course I see it branching into two closely interconnected areas. I believe that in the 21st century our efforts will focus on the three following fields. The first field is the environment, and how to correct the mistakes of the 20th century, in which humanity turned a clean environment in a dirty one - spoiling our natural resources, burning up fossil fuels and creating holes in the ozone layer.


The second field is energy. We need to look for greener, cleaner sources of energy to counter the high rate of consumption of fossil fuels that were accumulated underneath the earth for millions and millions of years.


The third interconnected field is human health. As a physician, scientist, and researcher, I am occupied with human health issues, and especially the environmental effects on human health, including cancer, which is greatly affected by environmental factors like UV radiation, contamination, and air pollution.


As we embark in Shantou on a program in environmental sciences, I look forward to expanding, in the near future, to programs on energy resources and human health.


Israel and China both represent ancient civilizations, with tremendous traditions of teaching and education. We are looking forward to a joint collaboration in which we both learn from each other and together advance science for the benefit of humanity.


I invite you to join us as we embark on this wonderful journey.”


—————A letter from Professor Aaron Ciechanover

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Professor Aaron Ciechanover

Aaron Ciechanover was born in Haifa, Israel in 1947. He is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. He received his M.Sc. (1971) and M.D. (1973) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He then completed his national service (1973-1976) as military physician, and continued his studies to obtain a doctorate in biological sciences in the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion (D.Sc.; 1982). There, as a graduate student with Dr. Avram Hershko and in collaboration with Dr. Irwin A. Rose from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, USA, they discovered that covalent attachment of ubiquitin to a target protein signals it for degradation. They deciphered the mechanism of conjugation, described the general proteolytic functions of the system, and proposed a model according to which this modification serves as a recognition signal for a specific downstream protease. As a post- doctoral fellow with Dr. Harvey Lodish at the M.I.T., he continued his studies on the ubiquitin system and made additional important discoveries. Along the years it has become clear that ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis plays major roles in numerous cellular processes, and aberrations in the system underlie the pathogenetic mechanisms of many diseases, among them certain malignancies and neurodegenerative disorders. Consequently, the system has become an important platform for drug development.


Among the numerous prizes Ciechanover received are the 2000 Albert Lasker Award, the 2003 Israel Prize, and the 2004 Nobel Prize (Chemistry; shared with Drs. Hershko and Rose). Among many academies, Ciechanover is member of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Foreign Fellow), the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of the USA (Foreign Associate), the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS; Foreign Member), and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Foreign Member).

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Eliezer Shalev, M.D., is Chair Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He received his MD from the Technion and is regarded as one of Israel's leading experts in obstetrics and gynecology.


Dr. Shalev has held the Technion’s administrative position of dean of medicine, as well as other distinguished positions such as chairman of the Israeli Ministry of Health's National Council for Obstetrics Gynecology, Genetics and Neonatology. President of the Israeli Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chairman of the Technological and Medical Infrastructure Advisory Committee and of the Advisory Committee for the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Health. He also served on the Israeli Science Foundation's Advisory Committee on Medicine and the International Federation for Obstetrics and Gynecology's advisory panel on maternal and perinatal health.

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