Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
College of MedicineNational Cheng Kung University



1.)    To train and improve the quality of the next generation of faculty and researchers with expertise in the field of Cell Biology and Anatomy in order to enhance the standards of medical education.

2.)    To expand the research in the fields of Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Neuroscience, and thus elevating the national quality of research in those fields.

3.)    To provide medical, nursing, pharmaceutical, and agricultural expertise to the research and biotechnology community.

4.)    To provide a track upon which teachers and technologists can improve their knowledge and skills.


Direction of Development and Emphasized Areas


Under the current circumstances in the Institute of Anatomy, we will collaborate with the faculties of basic and clinical research of whom we share common interests to develop a new niche of research. The directions of research include: 1.) Developmental Biology 2.) Cell Biology 3.) Neuroanatomy and 4.) Teratology. Among these, we will place emphasis on Developmental Biology and Teratology.


1.     Research in Cell Biology


Cell Biology combines the methods and knowledge of Morphology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, etc. to explore the questions arising from single cells to tissues. The concepts and research of Cell Biology range from Gross Anatomy to Molecular Structure, and integrate a variety of other fields in Biomedical Research. The studies in Cell Biology encompass the cell nucleus, gene expression, cell membranes (structure and function), organelles, cytoskeleton, signal transduction, cell growth, differential, and death.


2.     Research in Neuroscience


1.)    With a base of fundamental knowledge in Neuroanatomy, we will implementneurotrohpic viruses and immunocytochemistry methods to explore nerve pathways and their role in acupuncture. The research in this field will help to solve the mysteries of Chinese Medicine in treating nervous system ailments.

2.)    Studying Alzheimer’s Disease

3.)    Research in Neuropathology


3.     Research in the Cardiovascular System


1.)    Smooth Muscle Physiology

2.)    Development of the Cardiovascular System

3.)    Cardiovascular Gene Expression and Regulation during Embryonic Development

4.)    Cardiovascular Malformation


4.     Research in Developmental Biology


1.)    Development of the Nervous System

2.)    Nervous System Gene Expression and Regulation during Embryonic Development

3.)    Malformation in the Nervous System


History of the Institute


        The Anatomy Department was founded in 1983, as a division of the Department of Medicine in the NCKU Medical College. The first head of the institute was Prof. Ching-LiangShen (沈清良). From 1994 to 1997, Prof. Shi-Yuan Yang (楊西苑) was the head of the institute. From 1997 to 2000 Prof. Ching-Liang Shen (沈清良) returned and served as institute head again. In the year 2000, the name of the department was changed to the Institute of Cell Biology and Anatomy. Prof. Shur-Tzu Chen (陳淑姿) was the head of this new institute from 2000 to 2003. After 2000, the new institute began a Master’s program. From 2003 to 2006 Prof. Chin-Hsien Chien (簡基憲) administered the institute. From 2006 to date, Prof. Bu-Miin Huang (黃步敏), is serving as the head of the institute. Since 2001, this institute began accepting students in the PhD program from the Institute of Basic Medical Research in theNCKU Medical College.


Character of the Institute


1.)    Emphasis on teaching and special topic seminar discussion

2.)    Emphasis on student self-motivation in learning and creative thought

3.)    Encouragement of faculty collaboration within the institute, and sharing of equipment and resources

4.)    Emphasis on research in the fields of Neuroscience, Smooth Muscle and Reproductive Physiology


Educational Objectives


        1.) To build the students’ fundamental knowledge in Anatomy, encompassing:   Gross Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Neural Anatomy, and Cell Biology.         Additionally, the students will acquire proficiency in Anatomical Dissection and      teaching.

2.) To train students with expertise in Anatomy and Cell Biology to integrate research from cellular to molecular levels, which will promote life-science research.

        3.) To instill young scholars with creative and logical thought to perform       independent research. The students will work in faculty laboratories to learn how      to collect and interpret information, and to write and execute research proposals        utilizing this information while developing creativity and logic in the individual     thought process. The student will be encouraged to attend seminars and/or      symposiums to present their findings both domestically and internationally to improve Chinese and English oral and compositional communication.

        4.) To promote an international perspective by encouraging students to attend        international seminars and symposiums where they may present their findings as well as view the findings of others. Additionally, to enhance the student’s English communication skills by encouraging students to attend meetings abroad, where    again, they can view and present scientific findings.


Course Structure


The Institute offers the following courses to medical students: Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Histology, and Embryology. The course content includes information with basic and clinical applications. The Institute also offers courses to students in the Dept. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, the Institute of Medical Engineering, the Dept. of Nursing, and the Dept. of Medical Laboratory Science and Technology. Courses offered to these students are: Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy, which include classroom lectures and labs. Lectures and labs are assisted by audio-visual instruments, and plastic-embedded and formaline-immersed specimens. We also invite clinicians and various other professionals to aid in class instruction. Graduate students are offered these courses: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Gross Anatomy, Neuroscience, Smooth Muscle/Endothelial Physiology, Instrumental Analysis, Experimental Zoology, Cell Culturing Technique, and Seminar Discussion. Graduate students will choose among the faculty to be their advisors to learn how to design and execute research projects. The second-year graduate students will work as teaching assistants in Gross Anatomy labs. Master’s graduate students are required to complete 24 credit-hours. 8 credit-hours are covered by mandatory attendance and passing of Gross Anatomy, 2 to 4 credit-hours from Cell Biology, and 4 credit-hours from Special Topic Seminar Discussion. The Master’s graduate students also need to independently complete 6 credit-hours of dissertation.


Teaching Environment


        The Institute is located on the 5th floor of the Basic Medical Research Building in theNCKU Medical College. The Institute has an administrative office, two meeting rooms, nine faculty offices, five graduate student offices, a gross anatomy laboratory (equipped with dissection tables, surgical operating lights, a closed television system, cameras, and ten televisions), a neuroanatomy laboratory, an operation room, a histology room, aimmunohistochemistry laboratory, several cell-culture rooms, an electro-microscopy center, film development darkrooms, teaching material demonstration rooms, and faculty research labs. The equipment in the Institute includes fluorescence, inverted and dissecting miscroscopes, in addition to paraffin, cryo, and vibro microtomes. Additionally, we have several minus 86℃freezers, teaching models, films, audiotapes, etc.


Library and Equipment


        The journals and books in the Medical Library are administrated by the Library Committee, with a representative from each department/institute. The library carries 1,922 journals, 4,803 microfilms, and various DVDs and CDs, videotapes, and audiotapes. There is a yearly budget allotted to purchase new books, journals, and other teaching materials related to Anatomy and Cell Biology.


Mid-term Goals and Planning between the University and the Institute


1.)    Cell Biology and Anatomy are core curricula in basic medical education. Our institute not only provides teaching and research in this field, but also provides help in the creation of new institutes in the NCKU Medical College.

2.)    The current planning for this institute is included in the NCKU Medical College’s 10-year Development Plan.


Plans for Improving Teaching, Research, Service, and Co-operative, Inter-school, and International Collaborations


1.)    The Institute is co-operating with other institutes in the NCKU Medical College to support teaching and research, i.e. the Cell Biology course will integrate faculty from the Institute of Basic Medical Research and Physiology to provide the best learning content.

2.)    Current research projects in the Institute are featuring close collaboration with the Institutes of Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Microbiology and Immunology, Environmental Medicine, Surgery, Parasitology, and the Dept. ofLifesciences in the NCKU College of Science. Additionally, the Institute has a long-term collaborative relationship with Yang-Ming UniversityNational TaiwanUniversity, and London University. In the future, the Institute will utilize individual laboratories as a fundamental unit to expand and seek intra and inter-school collaboration. The ultimate goal is to develop a plan to form research groups across the Institute, College, and University.


TEL: 886-6-2353535-5290

FAX: 886-6-2093007

E-MAIL: em75291@email.ncku.edu.tw


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