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Chang Gung University Graduate Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering
Last Update
2017-11-16
About us

BRIEF INTRODUCTION
 

Teaching Objects

The present teaching characteristic is to combine both disciples from engineering and biology, 
such that the educated graduate students are able to solve and elucidate the problems found in bio-industry by employing all biochemical engineering techniques, as well as to involve in the research related to medical therapy and diagnosis by using various biomedical engineering means.

Therefore, courses related to advanced engineering and applied biotechnology are emphasized, leading to the goals of incubating high-level professional people devoting to biochemical and biomedical engineering research.

The curriculum is designed with equal attention to both theory and practice, implying that the teaching materials and methods will emphasize on both experimental and theoretical sides.

By further providing numerous case studies on the bioproduct production in bio-industry, students with the capability and practical experience on problem-solving can then easily devote to the industry or continue their further study after graduation.


Research and Development Objects

The key objects for the research and development of the Institute are focused on Bioprocess Engineering, 
Bioreactor Engineering, Biomaterials, as well as Biosensor and Biochip.

The range and aim of each field is briefly described as follows.


(1) Bioprocess Engineering

Bioprocess Engineering is the essential part for the industrial production of bioproducts.

Therefore, the range of research may include fermentation engineering, fermentation philology, metabolic engineering analysis, microbial screening and genetic engineering, enzyme engineering, bioseparation, and immobilization techniques.

By using the bioconversion and environmental biotechnology, it is also possible to convert the kitchen and petroleum wastes into useful materials (e.g. petroleum substituents and organic fertilizers). Dealing with the rapid progress of bio-industry and being competitive on the market, the biotechnology company should own key bioprocess engineering techniques for the research and development as well as the mass production of various bioproducts, e.g. high-value enzymes, generics, drug intermediates, and health care products.


(2) Bioreactor Engineering

Cell culture is the core technology for bio-industry. Therefore, a good bioreactor design is imperative for the 
mass production of recombinant protein production, animal/plant cell culture, vaccine, and bio-pesticide, which will lead to successful and competitive bio-industry.

It also acts as the essential part in biochemical/biomedical engineering.

The application of bioreactor for the tissue culture or organ regeneration has the potential for providing the therapy to patients with failure in organ function.

The research interests in the Institute include plant cell culture, plant tissue culture, animal cell culture, tissue/organ culture, and bioreactor design.


(3) Biomaterials

Biomaterial is one of the important branches of biomedical engineering, and is also the fundamental element in tissue 
engineering.

In the past decades, except for applications in the controlled release system, numerous efforts have been made to develop a novel tissue-engineering scaffold, since matrixes play a critical role in the regulation of some important cellular processes during tissue development.

To date, artificial skin and cartilage have been successfully used in the clinic; leading to the more potential marketing of artificial organs in the future.

The research interests in the Institute include in vitro cell and/or tissue bioreactor design, synthesis and characterization of biopolymers, modification the chemical/physical properties of material, mimic the structural and functional profiles of materials found in the native tissue, and investigation the reciprocal communication between cells and the matrix.


(4) Biosensor and Biochip

The aim of this field is to the conjunction of organism with material and microelectric technology to develop multi-functional 
and highly sensitive biosensor and/or biochip device.

Moreover, efforts on developing manufacturing technology that could reduce cost but also fabricate high quality and economic-value products are made.

These techniques would be applied to the screen of cancer status, disease infection, and inspection of other domestic frequently-occurring diseases, such that the correction on clinical diagnosis is improved and the health care level of our country promoted.

Co-operations with other laboratories in biomaterial, photoelectric material, conductive polymer and biotechnology could open up new research field in "Bioelectronics” which will be one of the potential industry in the next generation.

The research interests include interfacial design between patient and machine, development of signal distinguishing components, device with surface modifications, fabrication of the microarray, and the systematic manufacturing technology of microelectricity.