In Biomass track, we aim to provide industrial platform by utilizing plants as a model system to understand biological phenomena. We will offer courses to develop biomass production by understanding plants microenvironment and resistance mechanisms; to investigate biomaterial production using plants as bioreactors, which will lead to understanding of plant cell reprogramming and applied technologies; to produce new intriguing building blocks for material fabrication by biotechnical methods. Through these courses, students will be familiarized with how we could utilize plants as bioenergy, environment recycling system, and as the next generation source for biodiversity. Students will also be introduced to isolating novel load bearing biomaterials from marine organisms or to understand the properties and performance of biomimetic environmentally friendly materials.
We focus on the study of various aspects of advanced immunology in this track. For example, students will learn mucosal immunology involving follicular helper T cell differentiation and the effect of IL-7; host and bacterial co-existing systems; and stem cell homeostasis. Students will also be exposed to broad knowledge of immunology covering homeostasis of the host immunology and pathogenic system. Furthermore, they will be exposed to developing the next generation therapeutics for example, developing anticancer therapeutics using chimeric antigen vaccines targeting caner or using cancer stem cell specific T cell engineering.
3) Bio-signaling mechanisms
In this track, we understand broad range of biological phenomena. For example, we aim to understand receptor-ligand interaction and cytokine production mechanisms, or multiplex research based on protein kinase network involved in various human diseases such as cancers. Students can also learn establishment of model system for brain function and emotional control mechanisms. Through this track, students can also gear towards developing diverse and novel nanotechnologies based on the Dendron techniques, diagnostic and therapeutic tools using various animal disease models, and imaging technologies using small medical imaging probe devices for clinical application.
4) Platform technology
TThis track offers introduction of the cutting-edge technology facilities. For example, students will be exposed to the cutting-edge bio-imaging facility (BIACORE T100 Surface Plasmon Resonance instrument, Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscope (TIRFM) thereby one can visualize meso-level (between micrometer and nanometer scale) membrane trafficking and molecular interactions real time in live cells. We are also equipped with the latest imaging technology, in vivo two-photon microscope where students can visualize information at the genetic and molecular levels at the same time, using live cells, organs, and various tissues. In addition, we have the next generation DNA/RNA sequencing machine, Illumina Genome Sequence Analyzer IIx as well as microarray analyzers.
Through this course, students not only become familiarized with operating the above equipment but are also encouraged to develop novel imaging protocols by integrating various available techniques such as non-linear microscopy, optical coherence tomography, photoacoustic tomography, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and the world frontier 4th generation linear accelerator. Students will utilize various animal tissues and disease models to develop novel diagnostic as well as therapeutic tools.