The People Here at NCKU Biochemistry

The graduate institute of biochemistry was established in 1987, three years after this medical school was chartered, under the directorship of Professor Teresa L. K. Low. The first class of 8 students was enrolled in the September of that year. Over the past 8 years , more than 90 graduate students have completed Master degree from this department, many of them have subsequently participated in research work in other institutes, some of them have continued their advanced studies in this country or abroad. Many others have joined faculty in the community college.

The Department of Biochemistry offers not only courses of medical biochemistry to students in biomedical science, but also advanced biochemistry program to graduate students. Biochemistry provides a basic knowledge for various disciplines in life sciences, our goal is to educate and train young people to become acquainted with biochemistry, so that the research interest and training in the basic medical sciences can be promoted, especially for southern Taiwan.

The Department of Biochemistry has grown over the past 10 years from a faculty of 6 in 1983 to 10 in 1994. In order to keep up with the rapid pace of development in biochemistry several new faculties will be recruited during next couple years.

The department maintains strong ties in research and teaching with other basic science and clinical departments, this benefits students by providing exposure to many different types of problems and areas of expertise. At present, several faculties from other departments, including Anatomy, Microbiology, Immunology, Physiology and Pharmacology are affiliated with Biochemistry as associates. Some of these individuals carry out collaborative research projects with biochemistry faculty, while others participate in our teaching program. In addition, Biochemistry has joined with other basic science departments to establish an integrated Ph.D. program in the Medical School.

Over the years, the department has established itself as a center of excellence in teaching and research. As we move into the era of 21st century, we are increasing our commitment to train highly qualified and interested young people for careers as investigators in biochemistry and molecular biology.

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Updated: Apr. 23, 2004