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MUC School of Pharmacy

School Overview & Development History


The MUC School of Pharmacy is a scientific research institution that focuses on the research and development of Chinese ethnic minority nationality medicines as well as cultivation of related advanced talents. Its predecessor was the China National Medicine Engineering Technology Research Center, which was established in 2004. In 2006, it was renamed the China National Traditional Medicine Research Center. In July 2008, the MUC School of Pharmacy (sometimes also referred to as the National Medical Research Institute) was formally established.



In 2006, the "Chinese Traditional Medicine for Minorities" initiative was approved by the Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education under the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. Thereafter, the first National Civil Affairs Committee of MUC was established. It is regarded as the key laboratory of Chinese minority nationality medicine research by the Ministry of Education. The school has 3,500 square meter laboratory area and a 28 million yuan endowment of fixed assets. It has gradually transformed itself into an ethnic medicine research and development base in the heart of China's capital, Beijing. Engaging ethnic minority areas, it serves with ideal conditions as a platform and also enjoys having key relevant professional talents on site. It has undertaken major related national-level projects. It is capable of promoting the cultivation of ethnic minority nationality medicine and related production, study as well as research. The National Minority Medical Information Platform was established relying on the National People's Committee-Key Laboratory under the Ministry of Education. It contains the Minority Medical Information Database and 55 genome-wide DNA pools related to China's ethnic minority medicine practices. Moreover, the school has established the Museum of Minority History, Culture and Medicine. It serves as a technology endowed research platform to engage problems related to national medicine research pertaining to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, chronic gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases, diabetes and tumors etc.


Majors & Programs


At present, the MUC School of Pharmacy has one docrtoal degree in Traditional Medicine of Chinese Ethnic Minority Nationalities, one master's degree in the first-level discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine and one undergraduate Pharmaceutical Engineering major. At present, the MUC School of Pharmacy is a key construction unit inside of the "Double First-Class" initiative at MUC. The School of Pharmacy has become an important base with highly distinctive school-operation characteristics. The school serves the ethnic minority nationality areas and trains high-level pharmaceutical talents that often go on to serve their ethnic minority nationality area.



Undergraduate Programs

- Pharmaceutical Engineering


Academic Master's Programs

- Traditional Chinese Medicine


Doctoral Programs

- Traditional Medicine of Chinese Minorities


School Focus, Beliefs & Development Objectives


The school has several essential aims. It strives to serve relevant ethnic minority nationality medical needs as well as health undertakings. The school efforts to improve the overall health of ethnic minority nationality population. The school continues to develop an internationally competitive yet leading domestic ethnic minority nationality traditional medical discipline system. It works to do this through the interdisciplinary integration of ethnic medicine, ethnic culture, history, and national linguistics research methodologies, knowledge and techniques. Under the support of both the “985 Project” as well as the “211 Project” and key discipline construction, the program has become an emerging yet dominant discipline at Minzu University of China. In 2007, the “Chinese Traditional Medicine Culture of Minorities” was approved by the Beijing Key Disciplines Oversite Committee. At present, the institute has four research facets, namely the Ethnic Medicine Institute, the Material Basis of Ethnic Prescriptions, Pharmacology and Toxicology of Ethnic Medicines, National Public Health and Genetics, and a the Laboratory Management Center. In the process of postgraduate training, 25 ethic minority nationality medicine textbooks and monographs have been written successively, forming a relatively complete and distinctive ethnic minority traditional medical curriculum system. Alongside have an average annual enrollment of more than 50 postgraduate and postgraduate students, the employment rate of graduates has reached 95%.



MUC School of Pharmacy pays attention to complementing the advantages of disciplines and optimizing resource allocation, and actively conducting substantive scientific research and clinical cooperation with well-known medical and scientific research institutions at home and abroad. It has played a significant role in the ethnic minority nationality medicine industry and has contributed significantly to the improvements surrounding internationalization of Chinese ethnic minority traditional medicines. The school believes that popularization is an essential window to realize broader internationalization of ethnic minority nationality medicines.


Our Talent


The Chinese traditional medicine research team led by Professor Cui Jian was recognized as the “Changjiang Scholar and Innovation Team Development Plan” by the Ministry of Education in 2008 and became the first national innovation team by the National Civil Affairs Commission. During the construction period, the development and progress in discipline construction, platform construction, team building, scientific research etc. were recognized and praised by the expert group of the Ministry of Education and won the rolling support of the “Innovation Team Development Plan” of the Ministry of Education in 2014. At present, there are 26 team members amongst which 10 have significant overseas work experience. At the school, the proportion of full-time scientific research personnel with a doctoral degree is 95%. Professor Cui Jian, the leader of the discipline, has become a leading figure in the field of Chinese ethnic minority nationality medicine. It is also worth noting that, one member of the school's team was also recently selected for the National Talent Project, two were awarded the Baosteel Outstanding Teacher Award, one was awarded the title of Beijing Teaching Master, and one was selected to be the Beijing Science and Technology Star. The school's team has also been awarded the honorary title of “Worker Pioneer” by the Beijing Federation of Trade Unions and the National Federation of Trade Unions.


The school relies on the comprehensive advantages of the multi-disciplinary intersection found on the MUC campus as well as the notion of overall integration of modern scientific experiments with the humanities as their core methodology and guiding principle. Since the establishment of the School of Pharmacy, it has undertaken more than 60 projects at various levels, including more than 30 national-level projects, published 422 articles, including more than 90 articles in SCI and 16 patent applications.


Full-Time Staff: 29

Staff with Masters and Doctoral Degrees: 29


Examples of Internationally Active Scholars



Pei Lingpeng(裴凌鹏),HanEthnicity

Associate Researcher

Pharmaceutical EngineeringMajor



Born in 1976, he is now a teacher at the MUC school of Pharmacy. He has been engaged in basic medicine teaching and clinical Chinese medicine research for many years. He has successively presided over or undertaken more than 10 research projects such as the Ministry of Science and Technology's "Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine" key research and development plan, a National Natural Science Foundation project, a Beijing Municipal Education Commission project and has published more than 50 papers in influential academic journals at home and abroad. He has also published 2 monographs and won 3 academic awards.


Key Projects


He was involved with the general program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, 81673769, based on the theory of signal network coupling node, to explore the molecular mechanism of the intervention of effective components group in the root bark of Spinosaurus bracteata on diabetic osteoporosis.He presided over and concluded a national project incubation workshop project of MUC, 2017mzu-18, research on the material basis and mechanism of the efficacy of ethnic medicine in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.He presided over and concluded the national incubation workshop project of MUC, 2016mzu-5, research on the incidence and factors of osteoporosis in ethnic minorities.


Representative Publications


  • Lingpeng Pei, et al. Clomipramine causes osteoporosis by promoting osteoclast ogenesis via E3 ligase Itch, which is prevented by Zoledronic acid. Scientific Reports. 2017(07): 1405-1416

  • Lingpeng Pei, et al. Bone-strengthening pill (BSP) promotes bone cell and chondrocyte repair, and the clinical and experimental study of BSP in the treatment of osteonecrosis of the femoral head, Oncotarget, 2017(08): 97079-97089

  • Ling-Peng Pei, et al. Three new cytotoxic oleanane triterpenoid saponins from Cylindrokelupha dalatensis, Journal of Asian Natural Products Research, 2017(07):1477-1481



Piao Xianglan(朴香兰),KoreanEthnicity


Traditional Medicine of Chinese MinoritiesMajor





Born in 1965, she is now a teacher of the MUC School of Pharmacy, a member of the Natural Product Standard Sample Professional Working Group of the National Standard Sample Technical Committee, and a editorial board member of the Editorial Committee of the Chinese Journal of Experimental Formulary. For many years, she has been engaged in research pertaining to anti-tumor mechanisms found in ethnic minority nationality medicine. She has successively presided over 6 National Natural Science Foundation projects and 3 provincial and ministerial level projects. She has won authorization for 6 invention patents and published more than 100 academic papers, including 23 SCI papers published by herself author or co-authored by her.


Representative Publications


  • Piao XL*, Wu Q, Yang J, Park SY, Chen DJ, Liu HM. Dammarane-type saponins from heat-processed Gynostemma pentaphyllum show fortified activity against A549 cells [J]. Archives of Pharmacal Research, 2013, 36(7): 874-879.

  • Xing SF, Liu LH, Zu ML, Ding XF, Cui WY, Chang T, Piao XL*. The inhibitory effect of gypenoside stereoisomers, gypenoside L and gypenoside LI, isolated from Gynostemma pentaphyllum on the growth of human lung cancer A549 cells. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2018, 219, 161-172.

  • Xing SF, Jang MH, Wang YR, Piao XL*. A new dammarane-type saponin from Gynostemma pentaphyllum induces apoptosis in A549 human lung carcinoma cells[J]. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2016, 26(7): 1754-1759



Li Linsen(李林森),YiEthnicity


Traditional Chinese MedicineMajor





Born in 1977, now he is a teacher in the MUC School of Pharmacy. For many years, he has been engaged in research of Yi medicine pertaining to prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, traditional physical characteristics and classification as well as traditional medicine culture. He has successively presided over and undertaken 3 projects of NSFC, 1 project of the Beijing Federation of Social Sciences, 2 internal projects. He has also published more than 20 papers and 2 Monographs in influential academic journals at home and abroad.




School Slogan





"Frontier research methods: the intersection of modern scientific experiments and Humanities"


"Optimize resource allocation and carry out cooperation between domestic and foreign medical research institutions"






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