Introduction
   
  Molecular Biology is the basis of the development of the biotechnology industry. In order to train first-rate scientists and technicians to meet the growing demands of the biology-related industry of our country, National Chung Hsing University founded the Institute of Molecular Biology within the College of Science in 1990. Building on established strengths in the field of biology, the College of Life Sciences was subsequently founded in 1994, combining the departments and institutes relevant to biological sciences and technology. Distinct from the College of Sciences, the Institute of Molecular Biology became an important component of the new College of Life Sciences.
Initially, the graduate program of the Institute offered Masters degrees only. A Doctoral program was established in 1994, after solid research and teaching credentials had been demonstrated by our top-notch faculty. Our Institute admits twenty-four Masters student and eight Doctoral student annually. The faculty consists of six Professors, three Associate Professors, and two Assistant Professors, one of which has joint appointment with the Institute of Biomedical Sciences. Our main research and teaching interests are focused on micro-organisms, plants, and animal cell biology. Our research encompasses both basic theory and applied science and technology. All professors in the Institute participate actively in individual and collaborative research projects. The Institute sees to promote collaboration among faculty and specialists on campus as well as outside of the university. This will enable us to raise our standard of the research and to create new scientific development.

   
Current Status
   
  Our current research interests include: 1. Functional genomics, pathogenesis, and associated-phage biology of Xanthomonas; 2. Metabolic regulation, expression of enzymes, and protein engineering of industrial micro-organisms; 3. Locus determination and study of gene inheritance of maize; 4. Plant tissue culture, regulation of gene expression and genetically engineered plants as bio-reactors; 5. Antibody engineering, manufacture of antibodies, and search of antigenicity determinants; 6. Transcriptional regulation of human genes; 7. Molecular medical research of cancer and human diseases; 8. Development and application of microarray gene chips.
Our curriculum contains six core courses and a variety of optional courses, so students can develop their own chosen areas. In addition, the Institute invites scholars and specialists from home and abroad as guest lecturers to broaden faculty and students’ visions and interests.