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Institute of Molecular & Cellular Biology

Institute of Molecular & Cellular Biology

 

Brief Introduction

 
The Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMCB) was established in 2002 to foster cutting-edge research in biological sciences and to translate laboratory hypothesis-driven discoveries into advances in biomedicine and biotechnology. To achieve this goal, we are focused on establishing cellular and animal models for infectious diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and cancers in recent years.   
IMCB has access to advanced equipment such as a High Throughput Genome Analyzer, cell sorter, and in vivo imaging systems. In addition, we maintain continuous collaborations with international laboratories at Johns Hopkins University (USA), Oxford University (UK), University of Basel (Switzerland), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Xiamen University (China), and more. 
Our goal is to become a global science leader and to train future leaders in both academia and industry. Current IMCB members include 15 principal investigators, 4 postdoctoral researchers and 110 graduate students. IMCB alumni have made important contributions to state-of-the art academic research, the biotech industry, the pharmaceutical industry, intellectual property, and science & technology management.
 

Special Features of the Institute

 
Specific research interests include molecular mechanisms of speciation and conservation, cellular mineralization, targeted drug discovery, glycobiology, signal transduction, axonal transport in Caenorhabditis elegans, pathogenesis of Helicobacter pylori, Candida albicans and HBV infection, molecular immunology, cancer stem-cell biology, cancer epigenetics, and virus-mediated genomic instability and tumorigenesis.
 

Faculty and Staff

 

CHANG, Chien-chung Associate Professor (Ph.D., Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Division, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2005;Molecular Immunology、MHC-associated antigen processing machinery、NK cell biology)
CHANG, Dah-tsyr Professor (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1993;Protein engineering、Enzymology、Bioinformatics、Protein-glycan interaction)
CHOW, Wei-yuan Professor (Ph.D., Department of Genetics, Iowa State University, 1986;Molecular Neurobiology)
FU, Hua-wen Associate Professor (Ph.D., Duke University, 1998;GPCR signaling and endocytosis; Protein chemistry) 
LAN, Chung-yu Professor (Ph.D., University of California-Davis;Molecular and cellular microbiology、Mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and pathogen-host interactions)
LEE, Jia-lin Associate Professor (Ph.D., Institute of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University, 2004;Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer、Cancer Stem Cell)
LI, Chia-wei Professor (Distinguished Professor Ph.D, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, 1983;Evolution、Biomineralization)
LIN, Lih-yuan Professor (Ph.D. Cornell University, 1987;Molecular Toxicology)
WANG, Hui-ching Associate Professor (Ph.D., Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, 2004;Cell Biology、Molecular Biology、Tumor Virology)
WANG, Wen-ching Professor (Distinguished Professor Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1992;Helicobacter pylori pathogenesis、Cancer metabolism、Macromolecular X-ray Crystallography、Inhibitor discovery)
WANGER, Oliver Associate Professor (Ph.D., Kinematic Cell Research Group / J. W. Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, 2000;Molecular Cell Biology、Neuroscience) 
YANG, Shiaw-der Chair Professor (Ph.D., Catholic University of Leuven, 1982;Molecular and Cellular Oncology、Cancer Integrative Medicine、Signal Transduction)

 

Curriculum

 
Colloquium (Graduate, 1 credit hours, every semester)
Seminar (Graduate, 1 credit hours, every semester)
Advanced Cell Biology(Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Bioinformatics and Structural Biology:
Computational Biology (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Biotechnology:
Aging and Stress Studies in Drosophila Melanogaster(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Modeling Human Diseases in Drosophila(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Mouse Models in Biomedical Research(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Translational Cancer Research(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics in Transcription Factor Forkhead Box(Fox) Proteins I(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Drug & Medical Device Regulation(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics on ER homeostasis Regulation(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics in Model Organism Biotechnology(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Vaccine Engineering(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics in Growth Factor Signaling: Its Application in Cancer Therapy(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Molecular and Cellular Biology:
Special topics on Molecular Motors and Axonal Transport(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics on Molecular Motors and Axonal Transport II(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics on cell cycle checkpoint signaling(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Tumor Biology I(Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Tumor Biology Ⅱ(Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Special topics on Mitosis(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Systems Neuroscience:
Neurotransmitters and Physiology of Behaviors II(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Neurotransmission and Psychoanalysis(Graduate,2 credit hours, once a year)
 

Graduate Requirements

 
For Master degree students, 24 credit hours(at least 18 credits taken from the College of Life Science) and a thesis
Course requirements: 
-Seminar (Two semesters)
-Colloquium (Four semesters)
-Thesis course (At least two semesters. It is compulsory to continue to take this course if the student extends the dateline for his/her graduation.)
For Ph.D. degree students, 18 credit hours(at least 12 credits taken from the College of Life Science) and a dissertation
Course requirements: 
-Seminar (Four semesters within 3 years) 
-Colloquium (Four semesters)
-Thesis course
-The qualifying examination for admission to Ph.D. candidacy(within 3 years) 
A preliminary requirement for the qualifying examination is to take at least one of the following courses with a final grade higher than 70. 
Advanced Biochemistry;Advanced Cell Biology;Advanced Molecular Biology;Physical Biochemistry
- Pass the Ph.D. thesis proposal 
Students are required to pass their Ph.D. thesis proposal by a committee within four years of entering the Ph.D. program. 
-At least two publications on international journals, students must be the first author for one of the publications.
-Recognition in English ability (TOFEL PBT 550 or CBT 213 or IBT79 /TOEIC 750 /IELTS 6.0 )
 

Financial Aids

 
School scholarship information : please link to http://oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en
College scholarship information :
  1. President Scholarship of College of Life Science, NTHU
  2. College of Life Sciences Reward of Outstanding Neurosciences Thesis
  3. Shen's Culture & Education Foundation
  4. The Selection Approach of "Dr. Hong, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship and Thesis Award"  
 

Contact Information

 
For information specifically related to the Institute of Molecular & Cellular Biology, please contact the 
Director : Dah-Tsyr Chang, Email address : dtchang@life.nthu.edu.tw
Secretary : Chia-Ling Lin, Email address : mcb@life.nthu.edu.tw
 
For further information on the Dept./Institute, you can also link to http://mcb.life.nthu.edu.tw/main.php?lang=en
 

 

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