The Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) in “Molecular and Cell Biology” (MCB) is sponsored by the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Academia Sinica in cooperation with the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), National Defense Medical Center. It is a multi-discipline, integrative graduate program, reflecting the trend of integrating the major fields of modern basic biology. Faculty of the MCB program consists of top researchers in Taiwan. Research interests cover a wide range of biological questions and experimental systems. This graduate program aims to provide solid training to Ph.D. students for a future career in basic and applied research in modern biology. Academia Sinica provides an international environment, which is culturally rich and intellectually stimulating. English is used for courses, seminars and discussions. Most of the labs have experience in hosting international scholars, postdocs, or students.
Taipei is located in the northern part of Taiwan, and is the largest city in Taiwan with a population of about 2 million. IMB is located in the Academia Sinica campus in Nankang district, which is situated at the southeast corner of the Taipei city. ILS in National Defense Medical Center is located in Neihu district, which is adjacent to Nankang. Taipei is a friendly and safe cosmopolitan city for foreigners. Public transportation, bus and metro, are convenient and inexpensive, and reach virtually every corner of the city. The weather is subtropical.
The International Graduate School of Taiwan has several other graduate programs in biological sciences: Bioinformatics, Molecular Medicine, Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics, and Molecular and Biological Agriculture Sciences. These programs closely interact with each other. In principle, all courses in these four programs are open to the students of MCB.
Although the MCB international graduate program is new, all participating labs have trained many graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) in the past. These students have often gone on to postdoctoral research in many excellent labs in the world. Some have even become faculty members in prestigious universities or research institutions. Now we have a graduate at Univ. of Stanford as a postdoc.