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National Yang-Ming University
About IMI

 About the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and
 the Department of Microbiology and Immunology






    The Department of Microbiology was established in 1977 to support teaching of Medical and Dental students in the Medical and Dental schools. The Institute of Microbiology and Immunology (IMI) was established in 1981 to support the education of graduate students. The Master’s degree program was initiated in 1981, while Ph. D. program was established in 1984. Due to the rapid progress in Molecular Medicine, the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology started several joint Ph. D. programs of molecular medicine with Academia Sinica, including Molecular Medicine Program (MMP) in 2003, Genome Science Program (GSP) in 2005, and Program for working professionals (2013).
       Currently IMI is composed of 13 full-time faculty members, 1 preceptor, 1 faculty member with joint appointment, 1 emeritus professor, and 10 adjunct faculty members.  Our supporting staffs include 2 teaching assistants, 1 assistant, and 1 technical staff.  We have 23 faculty members available for the Genome Science Ph.D. program.
    Both the Department of Microbiology and IMI are located on the third and fourth floor of the Building B of the Traditional Medicine Building. They share research and teaching facilities, equipment, undergraduate, as well as graduate teaching.  Here undergraduate students encompass students from Medical School, Dental School, Medical Technology, School of Nursing, and Department of Life Sciences. Graduate teaching includes laboratory courses and advanced courses for several Ph. D. programs.
       Currently there are 368 M. S. graduates (up to year 2005). They either went abroad for Ph. D. studies or engaged in biomedical research or biotechnology. There are 95 PH. D. awardees (up to year 2005). They are either serving as faculty members in United States Universities or as post-doctoral fellows. Half of those remaining in the island of Taiwan occupy faculty positions, while another half are in research positions in various biomedical fields.







The visions of IMI






IMI positions itself to be the top-tier teaching and research institute in life science and biomedical fields.  The mission of IMI is to provide the best training available to support and nurture the students to become the leaders in research and education internationally.











Research Objectives






      Each laboratory is free to choose its research subjects. IMI hopes to attain international recognition as an institute which can achieve excellence in research and also contribute to the advancement of science, technology and human welfare. IMI pays special attention to diseases often neglected by foreign researchers, but often contracted by local residents. IMI hopes to find ways to cure and prevent these diseases. To achieve these goals, each laboratory is active in getting research support, collaboration, and international exchange. In graduate education, there are several special IMI innovations:

1. IMI emphasizes individual development. So there are only a few required courses. Students are free to take elective courses under the guidance of their advisors.

2. IMI designed courses with different depth. In each field, courses are from elementary to advanced level and from general to specialized topics. Students are encouraged to advance their mastery of knowledge gradually.

3. IMI emphasizes sophisticated approach to graduate education. Each class is composed of a small number of students so as to provide opportunities for discussion between teachers and students, in order to promote skepticism and independent thinking.

4. IMI places great emphasis on practical operation and execution. So IMI encourages students to decide on a topic of their interest early and train them to do independent research.












 Aims of our teaching






        The Department of Microbiology has a mission to teach undergraduate microbiology and immunology to students in Medical School, Dental School, Department of Medical Technology, Department of Life Sciences, and Department of Nursing. We strive to give them basic understanding in microbiology, immunology and virology so that they can apply these knowledge to clinical medicine, microbiological diagnosis, and basic medical science.

      The aim of the IMI teaching is to cultivate first -class talents in both research and teaching. Our special emphasis is on the abilities of students to comprehend the basic tenets of life sciences, to grasp the current world research trend and fashion, to master current technology, to analyze and reason, to organize personnel, material, as well as time resources, to design research, to conduct high-quality research, and to communicate well both in speaking and in writing.