The Department of Biochemical Science and Technology was founded in 2003, as part of the newly established College of Life Science, on the initiative of the Division of Agricultural Production in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry. The matriculation of first year students commenced from 2003. In 2010, the department merges the Institutes of Microbiology and Biochemistry, and offers master and doctoral degree.
The Department pursues excellence in preparing students for future careers in academic research or the application of biotechnology in industry. The graduates are expected to be equipped with strong backgrounds in Biology and Chemistry and to be prepared to meet the ever increasing challenges in the fields of basic research and scientific discovery. Also, the graduates are expected to know how to transform their knowledge to practical applications in the development of biotech value-added products. To achieve these two goals, we design our courses to provide both extensive basic knowledge and intensive experiments.
The research conducted in the Department covers a wide range, including biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, microbiology, bio-industry, fermentation, food science and nutrition. The members of the faculty are dedicated, not only to teaching, but also to conducting fruitful research. The Department won a special position among peer departments in Taiwan for the following out-standing features in its approach to teaching: First, the Department emphasizes both Biology and Chemistry. Second, the Department coordinates basic research and practical applications. And third, all the living systems, animal, plant and microorganism, are employed in teaching and training.
The Department expects to develop in the following areas: (1) Research in functional genomics, biochemical metabolism, gene regulation and basic microbiology and molecular biology; (2) Utilization of microorganisms and eukaryotes as tools for the production of biotech value-added products; (3) Evaluation the practical usefulness of biotechnological products. (4) Development of the processes for industrialized biotech products. In facing the emerging fields of biochemical science and technology in the new era, the Department is committed to forming a strong partnership with bio-industry to push Taiwan steady, healthy economic growth. In the meantime, the Department will pursue excellence in research to form a beneficial interaction between research and application.http://www.bst.ntu.edu.tw/BST-new/NTUBST.html