M.S. and PhD students have come from a wide range of disciplines, including
medicine, biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, marine sciences, nursing,
chemistry, pharmacology, and medical technology. Students are supported
by scholarships and grants from Ministry of Education, National Science
Council, and other public or private scholarships.
students are required to gain a general knowledge of genetics, complete
required courses, formulate and conduct an original research, and
write up and defend a thesis. Entrance to the program requires passing
a competitive written examination and interview. The number of students
admitted to the M.S. program each year has been about 16.
accepted students enroll in a summer laboratory course in which
they are exposed to important research techniques in the faculty members'
labs. After that they are assigned a thesis advisor by the
Orientation Committee based on mutual consents and other consideration.
Most students get their first choices.
courses are: Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology, Graduate Seminars, Modern Research Techniques
in Biology, and Thesis
male M.S. graduates, when enlisted in the armed service, usually engaged
in health-related duties. They often competed very successfully for
admission (frequently with scholarships) to Ph.D. programs, abroad
and domestic. Some of our outstanding students continued in Rockefeller
University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Duke
University, and Max Planck Institute.
M. S. program (生物資訊學程)
in 2000, we added a new exciting program - Bioinformatics (生物資訊學程).
This is a joint program organized with several graduate institutes
to provide training in modern genomic and bioinformatics reseach at
the M. S. level.
Biology M. S. program (發育生物學程)
in 2001, we have another new program, Developmental Biology (發育生物學程),
to offer training in modern animal developmental biology research
at the M. S. level.
By 2004, the Developmental Biology program was discontinued and extended
becoming a new program named Molecular
and Developmental Biology program (分子及發育生物學程) to
strengthen our current research and teaching directions.
Counseling M.S. program (遺傳諮詢學組)
2002, we initiated a new training program in Genetic Counseling at
the M. S. level. A credit-certificate (遺傳諮詢推廣教育碩士學分班),
rather than a formal M. S. degree, was granted to the students. In
adding to the credit-certificate program, a formal M.S. degree granting
program will start in 2003.
students in the M.S. program may apply for continuation in the Ph.D.
program after successfully demonstrating their academic proficiency.
Other applicants must have a M.S. degree of equivalent, and pass a
competitive written examination and interview. The number of students
admitted to the Ph.D. program each year has been about 2 to 6.
accepted students must rotate in the labs of three faculty
members, where they engaged in a research project for two to three
months. A thesis advisor is assigned at the end of the first
semester based on mutual consents. The wishes of both sides are almost
Ph.D. student is expected to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of
genetics and genetics-related field. This knowledge will evaluated
by the academic performance in course works and a qualifying exam
(to be completed before the end of the third year) consisting of a
research proposal. The thesis research is expected to result
in at least two full papers in scientific journals.
courses are: Genetics, Biochemistry and MolecularBiology,
Cell Biology, Graduate Seminars, Laboratory Rotation,
courses - A selective list
Applications of Computers in Molecular Biology, Molecular Evolution,
Developmental Biology, Biochemical Genetics, Human Genetics, Population
Genetics, Bacterial Genetics.