The Department of Microbiology at NTU Medical School has, since its origin in 1947, been exceptionally active and well-organized in education and in research. By means of the NTU hospital next to medical school, the Department of Microbiology invites lots of researchers associated with clinical medicine to investigate the academic fields and share the scientific resources. The multidisciplinary environment provides students to have joyful spirit to obtain abundant knowledge in Microbiology and its related field. Even though their backgrounds are different or insufficient in this field, the Department of Microbiology provides the platform of the various Microbiology courses, such as Microbes and Diseases, Advanced Microbiology, Molecular Biology, etc. Moreover, labs in our department offer opportunities to understand particular aspects of bacteria, virus, cancer, immunology, gene therapy by utilizing logic thinking and advanced scientific techniques, and these skills are tremendously valuable for student pursuing goal of becoming a research scientist.
Research in our lab is centered around the molecular basis of dynamics and regulation in aging by systematically identifying both enzymatic and structural components involved in stress response and aging pathways, and characterizing how these proteins work. We take advantage of the genetically tractable model organism yeast to approach these questions and use our findings in yeast to extend our studies in mammalian cells, since the fundamental mechanisms of these pathways are preserved from yeast to human.
Past Research Highlight: Yeast Cip1 is activated by environmental stress to inhibit Cdk1–G1 cyclins via Mcm1 and Msn2/4PDF