Introduction

The Institute of Molecular Medicine

Established in 1992, the Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM) is an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to mechanistic studies of important biomedical topics. Located at both the College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTU) and NTU Hospital, IMM has convenient access to the most advanced research facilities at the NTU medical campus. By combining cutting-edge technology in molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics and imaging, the IMM is well posied to make important contributions to basic biological science and translational research.

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They win numerous honors that include election to Academia Sinica academician

Faculty

IMM has a distinguished faculty body of 7 full-time and 11 adjunct members. They win numerous honors that include election to Academia Sinica academician, National Chair and Academic Award of the Ministry of Education (MOE), Outstanding Research Award of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and top research prizes from prestigious pharmaceutical foundations. Research topics of IMM labs include nucleic acid metabolism, intracellular trafficking and membrane dynamics, innate immunity, developmental biology, neuroscience and behavior, RNA regulation, virology and cancer biology. These outstanding researches are featured by publications in top journals, such as Nature Cell Biology, Neuron, PNAS, Developmental Cell, the Journal of Cell Biology, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, etc.

Curriculum

To train future generations of manpower for innovative biomedical research, IMM offers master and PhD degree programs that emphasize logic thinking and problem-solving, as well as the ability to present and discuss in English. In addition to the required course of molecular cell biology, regular journal clubs and public progress report are conducted in English. We encourage and support students to participate in international and domestic conferences to present their research. We also value collaboration with clinicians and scientists of bioengineering and computational studies. Master students are required to present their thesis research in English to the IMM community at the beginning of the spring semester of the second year. PhD students are required to successfully complete qualifying exam before the start of the third year, after which an annual public presentation of research progress is mandatory.

The IMM also offers a master degree program of genetic counseling for part-time students working in health care or bioindustry to gain expertise in clinical genetics, molecular biology and genetic counseling.

IMM is dedicated to mechanistic studies of basic biological processes as well as disease-related topics.

Research

IMM is dedicated to mechanistic studies of basic biological processes as well as disease-related topics. This includes, but is not limited to, gene expression and function, organism development, nucleic acid biology, immunity, vesicular trafficking and membrane dynamics, neuroscience, behavior and stress response. We use a wide range of model systems, such as cell culture, yeast, worm, fly, mouse and patient samples, complemented by cutting-edge molecular biology, cell biology and imaging technology. Among research by primary faculty members, Dr. Fang-Jen Lee and Dr. Ya-Wen Liu focus on studying the molecular basis that regulates the dynamics of biological membrane and membrane-bound organelles. Dr. Zee-Fen Chang is an expert of nucleic acid metabolism and DNA repair. Dr. Chun-Liang Pan studies the neural and circuit basis of behavior and how stress responses contribute to behavioral plasticity. Dr. Li-Chung Hsu studies innate immunity and the mechanisms of inflammation. Dr. Hsiu-Hsiang Lee works on neural development in the fruit fly. Dr. Hsin-Yue Tsai investigates how small RNAs are involved in the regulation of animal physiology. These researches culminate in publications in top journals, such as Neuron, PNAS, Developmental Cell, Nature Communications, Journal of Cell Biology, Development and PLOS Genetics.

Students and Alumni

IMM recruits motivated students with talent from Taiwan and other countries. Thanks to NTU, MOST and MOE, PhD students at IMM are financially supported up to 15000 USD/year. Master students also receive financial support that eases the living cost in Taipei. All students are eligible for applying for numerous scholarships available at NTU and other foundations.

IMM alumni, widely praised for their professional expertise and ethics, include faculty members at top domestic and foreign research institutions, biopharmaceutical industry, patent offices and public service. Honors of IMM students include MOST Young Scholar Awards, MOST postdoctoral fellowship and prizes for thesis publications from NTU College of Medicine and prestigious pharmaceutical foundations. IMM alumni conduct PhD and postdoctoral research at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, The Scripps Research Institute, Caltech, Columbia, New York University, University of California at Davis, University of Massachusetts, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The University of Southern California, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, The University of London, The University of Zurich, Max Planck Institute, Nagoya University, Tsukuba University, etc. IMM alumni also work at Novartis, GSK, FDA of Taiwan, and industrial sectors in Japan, Singapore and the US. We regularly invite alumni to share their career experience with current students, which builds strong connection among members of the IMM community.