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Introduction

Under the leadership of previous directors, the Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics Program in Drug Discovery and Biotechnology - founded by TIGP, Academia Sinica in 2002 - has advanced to one of the best interdisciplinary programs in Taiwan. In collaboration with leading universities in Taiwan: National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University, the program aims to enhance scholarly exchanges in order to benefit all parties on their overall research achievements and to increase the number of research professionals in the field in hopes of promoting the economic and social development of Taiwan. Over these years, the alumni and alumnae from CBMB have served in either academic institutions or biotech industry to contribute their expertise.

The program is divided into two tracks: Chemical Biology (CB) track and Molecular Biophysics (MB) track. CB track collaborates with Department of Chemistry of NTU and NTHU, and MB track collaborates with Institute of Biochemical Sciences and Department and Graduate Institute of Pharmacology at NTU, and College of Life Science at NTHU. NTU and NTHU are the two top-ranked universities in Taiwan.

The program lays a special emphasis on five research fields, including (1) protein chemistry, (2) structural biology, (3) medicinal and biological chemistry, (4) molecular and cell biology, and (5) key technology. In addition to categorizing our faculty members and courses, this way reflects the necessary integration of multiple disciplines involved in today's biotech development. The core courses offered by the program are Experimental Molecular Biophysics, Advanced Chemical Biology I, and Advance Chemical Biology II. Through the training in courses, bench skills and thesis research, this program intends to offer students with two unique strengths; one is to become an independent researcher capable of solving problems and the other is to have the vision and ability to coordinate teamwork.