Falling Walls Honors SIAIS Professor Yang Haitao as one of the 10 Winners in Life Sciences Category

ON2020-12-04TAG: ShanghaiTech UniversityCATEGORY: Features

On November 4th, 2020, Professor Yang Haitao, Principal Investigator at Shanghai Institute of Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS) of ShanghaiTech University, was honored as one of the 10 Falling Walls winners in the life sciences category. The Falling Walls Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Berlin, selected “Breakthroughs” in different categories out of a pool of 900 nominations from 111 countries this year. 


This year’s Falling Walls switched from a physical event in Berlin to an international virtual showcase, with a packed schedule of live streams, video presentations, live panels and virtual meetings. During the Falling Walls Winners Session, Professor Yang presented his breakthrough work entitled “Breaking the Wall to Covid-19 Inhibitors” to the online audience. Professor Yang has been devoted to COVID-19 research since January 2020, combining structure-assisted drug design and virtual drug screening to help identify new drugs to combat COVID-19. Some of Professor Yang’s work on COVID-19 has been published in top Journals like NatureScience and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology



Prof. Yang Haitao is the Principal Investigator of the Lab of Infection and Anti-infection at SIAIS and Associate Professor at the School of Life Science and Technology (SLST).  

Learn more about Prof. Yang at:  




The Falling Walls Conference held its first annual meeting on November 9th, 2009 – the 20th anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall. Since then, the Falling Walls has grown into a World Science Summit to discuss and celebrate the most recent breakthroughs in science and society, with the theme “Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?”. Leading academic institutions nominated their “breakthroughs of the year” in ten fields of science, and then in each field, the top 10 winners were selected by dedicated juries chaired by Helga Nowotny (Former President of the European Research Council).


The 10 Falling Walls winners in the life sciences category: