Institute of Biotechnology (IBT) covers both basic research and
applied technology in biology and medicine. It especially emphasizes
interdisciplinary researches and trainings, which include inter-departmental
programs with diverse fields such as chemical engineering, computer
science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics and industrial
management etc. The Institute also encourages close ties with
biotechnology industries and our institute to prepare our students
for either a professional or academic career. We aim to play
a key role in the development of research-based biotech entrepreneurs
The overall goal of IBT research is to discover novel findings that can be
used to generate useful patents for industrial development of novel therapeutically
drugs as well as new tools for research and diagnosis. Current investigations
are conducted in the areas of molecular toxicology, molecular carcinogenesis,
molecular bio-structure, molecular modeling, immunology, and brain circuits.
We especially emphasize the development of applied biotechnology including bioimaging,
biochip, drug design and development, applied microbiology, bioengineering, and
nanobiotechnology. Our long-term goal is to group our multi-displinary efforts
TO DEVELOP ONE DRUG AND ONE INSTRUMENT.
The Institute of Biotechnology was launched in year 2002, in order to fill
in the immediate need of manpower for biotech-industry development in Taiwan.
IBT covers graduate programs for both Master and Ph.D. degrees. Graduate students
are encouraged to participate in research and teaching activities as well as
industrial collaboration. In addition to graduate courses offered by 9 faculty
members in IBT, our teaching program is also supported by more than 40 faculty
members in the College of Life Science, providing a strong fundamental training
in the field of modern research of life science. Faculty members of IBT are all
join appointed by the Department of Life Science and sharing the undergraduate
teaching load. The long-term goal of IBT education is TO TRAIN THE FIRST GENERATION
OF LEADERS in biotech industry in Taiwan. To meet this challenge, we aim to increase
our faculty number from 9 to 18 members and double our grant supports within
next five years.
To achieve our research and educational goals, our most urgent need is a
new building to accommodate research laboratories, co-facility center, teaching
laboratory and teaching classrooms. Currently, our faculty and students are scattered
in different buildings. Sufficient and well-designed space is urgently needed
for the recruitment of new faculty and excellent graduate students. Additional
space for inter-college programs and industrial collaboration programs is also
needed. Biotechnology related e-journals are also crucial for our development.