Research Infrastructure

Non-Human Primate Research Center

THBI manages a non-human primate research center on Tsinghua University campus. The center has dedicated animal housing and research facilities with a focus on the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus), a highly social New World primate species. State-of-the-art facilities at the center allow researchers to conduct a wide-range of studies in marmosets, from brain imaging, complex social behavior analyses, to brain diseases models. The center is equipped with an operating room, a genetic manipulation room, an embryo culture room, behavioral and electrophysiology laboratories, and a high-field (9.4T) animal MRI scanner. The center will be capable of producing genetically modified marmoset models for both basic and translational research projects. THBI non-human primate research center is open to researchers at both Tsinghua University and other area institutions.

Brain Imaging Center

THBI manages a Brain Imaging Center to support cutting-edge research in neuroscience, neurological diseases, and artificial intelligence. Currently the facility has two high-performance Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems, one for human brain imaging and another for non-human primate studies. A 3.0 T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma scanner, a high signal-to-noise ratio and a high-resolution MRI system, is used for analyzing human brain structure, brain function, and connection imaging. A 9.4T high-field small animal horizontal axis magnetic resonance imaging system (Brook BioSpec 94/30USR) is used for high-resolution (up to micro-scale) brain structure analysis and functional imaging of non-human primates such as marmosets. THBI researchers have full access to the Brain Imaging Center facility and are encouraged to collaborate with others at the university on a wide range of questions, from the neuroscience of language, music, emotion, decision-making, to neural signatures of social interactions.

Child Cognition Center (Infant Lab)

The Tsinghua University Child Cognition Center is a developmental laboratory housed within THBI’s main building, directed by Dr. Stella Christie (THBI and Department of Psychology). The lab aims to understand the origins and development of intelligence, broadly defined. Current research investigates analogical reasoning, rule learning and abstraction in language and the social domain, and the role of play in creativity and intelligence. The lab is equipped with several infants’ and toddlers’ behavioral testing rooms, as well as a large, flexible space for conducting social interaction experiments. To gain comparative perspectives in our research, we collaborate closely with THBI’s Non-Human Primate Research Center, conducting parallel studies in both human infants and marmosets. The Child Cognition Center also has a large number of collaborations with domestic (Beijing, Hangzhou, and other cities in China) and international preschools and kindergartens, supporting great opportunities for cross-cultural and cross-linguistic investigations. THBI researchers of all focus areas have access to the lab; THBI strongly encourages cross-discipline works and integration of developmental perspectives in all research endeavors.