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Institute of Biotechnology

Institute of Biotechnology

 

Brief Introduction

 

The Institute of Biotechnology (IBT) aims to cultivate graduate students who are capable of both basic and applied research in biology and medicine. IBT bridges interdisciplinary research fields and closely connects to the biotech industry. Research interests of our faculty include finding novel biological targets for drug design, developing technologies for diagnostic/medical devices, biomedical imaging, and bioengineering. These form a synergistic, multi-disciplinary effort to reach our long-term goal of developing marketable drugs and medical devices. Ultimately, we aim to play a major role in the development of Taiwan’s research-based biotech industry. 
One of the IBT’s major visions is to encourage our students to prepare themselves for career development in either industrial or academic tracks. Thus, the curriculum of IBT uniquely emphasizes both basic, applied, and the interdisciplinary fields. IBT at National Tsing Hua University plays a key role in training the future frontrunners of biotechnology.
 

Faculty and Staff

 

CHANG, Chuang-rung Associate Professor (Ph.D., Rutgers University/University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, 2004; Mitochondria dynamics, senescence, tumorigenesis and neurodegenerative disorders)
CHENG, Jya-wei Professor (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1992; Drug Design; NMR; Structural Biology)
CHIANG, Ann-shyn Dean, Tsing Hua Chair Professor, Academician, Academia Sinica, Director, Brain Research Center, National Tsing Hua University, International Faculty, Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM) at the University of California (Ph.D., Rutgers University, Entomology, 1990;Connectomics, Behavioral neurogenetics, Bioimaging)
CHOU, Yu-ting Associate Professor (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2006 ; Pharmacology)
HUANG, Haimei Professor (Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1981; Bio-molecule detection; Oncology; Cell Biology )
LAI, Yiu-kay Professor & Director, (Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1980; Biochemistry)
SANG, Tzu-kang Associate Professor (Ph.D., Purdue University 2001; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Neurobiology)
TANG, Shiue-cheng (Tony) Professor (Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, 2003;Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology, 2004; 3-D histology; Gastroenterology; Enteric Connectomics; Biomedical Engineering)
WANG, Horng-dar Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1997; Molecular Biology; Longevity and Aging; Neurodegeneration; Cancer.)
WANG, I-ching Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006; Lung Development; Cancer Biology; Gene transcriptional regulation )
WU, Suh-chin Professor (Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1993;Biotechnology; Virology; Vaccinology)
YANG, Jia-ling Professor & Chairman & Vice Dean (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1988; Molecular Oncology; DNA Repair and Mutagenesis)

 

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 (沈巨塵先生)
  4. The Selection Approach of "Dr. Hong (洪偉立博士), Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship and Thesis Award"  
 
 

Contact Information 

 
For information specifically related to the Institute of Molecular Medicine, please contact the 
Director : Yiu-kay Lai, Email address : yklai@life.nthu.edu.tw
Secretary : Yi-Chun Yeh, Email address : bt@life.nthu.edu.tw
 
For further information on the Institute, you can also link to http://bt.life.nthu.edu.tw/main.php?lang=en
 
 
 

 

 

 

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