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Biochemical Sciences


Education Goals

At the time of its inception, the Institute embraced two important goals and resolutions: 1. Cultivate students with a strong background in the biochemical sciences and a perspective to open new ground in the biological sciences. 2. Train the new-generation scientists to be leaders in the biochemical sciences and technology in order to promote the emerging biotechnology in Taiwan.

Strengths

The IBS has maintained close collaboration with the IBC, Academia Sinica, since 1972 and has accomplished significant achievement in Protein Chemistry.
As its longterm objective, the Institute devotes itself to the study of biologically active proteins. It selected the biochemical characterization of snake venom proteins as the initial short-range objective, and gradually expanded and diversified to various fields in the life sciences, which include molecular and cell biology, chemical biology, glycoscience and structural biology. Over the years, the Institute has steadily expanded to include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The Institute recruits 25 M.S. and 16 Ph.D. (including 3 for on-job program) students of diverse background from various colleges and universities in the country each year. Currently, the graduate programs rank highly among the peer graduate programs around the island.

Research fields

The development of the Institute has emphasized five major research areas:
(1) Molecular and cell biology
(2) Genomics and proteomics
(3) Chemical Biology
(4) Glycoscience
(5) Structural biology and molecular biophysics.
In the coming years, the Institute will be leading the efforts to integrate these research areas into two main themes:
(1) Regulation of Protein Post-translational Modifications/Cell Signaling Networks.
(2) Protein Structures and Functions/Drug Designs.Protein.

Research focus and projects

1.Molecular Biology of cell surface glyco-structure expression
2.Molecular mechanism and signaling pathway involved in cell membrane repair
3.Molecular mechanism and signaling pathway in cell responses to stress.
4.Post-translational modifications in their functions in cells.
5.Investigate neuronal generation and wiring using zebrafish habenulo-interpeduncular circuit as a vertebrate model.
6.Studies of Expression Mechanisms and Functions of Human T Cell Receptors
7.DNA damage responses in Cancer Biology
8.Mouse male reproduction.
Many of our research reports are published in prestigious international periodicals, or presented at international meetings. The Institute has regularly invited speakers of related biochemical sciences for lectureships and symposia. The faculty and students also actively participate in the activities of Taiwan Biochemical and Molecular Biology Society, which include international meetings and domestic annual conferences of biochemistry and molecular biology.



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