Biophotonics has become one of the fastest growing disciplines in many countries. Biophotonics is the science of generating and harnessing light to image, detect and manipulate biological materials, particularly for live specimen in a non-invasive configuration. The goal is to apply electronic and photonic techniques in diagnoses, cure, and manipulation of biomaterials. We are active in cutting edge research fields such as optical tweezers, fluorescence lifetime imaging, molecular dynamics simulations, nanomaterial based biosensors and biomedical applications, near field optical, and super resolution microscopy, photon therapy, optical coherence tomography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and the brain-computer interface for clinical applications.
The Institute of Biophotonics at National Yang-Ming University, and the corresponding Master program was established in the fall of 2002. The PhD program followed in 2007 in an effort to catch up with the now fast evolving discipline of biophotonics in Taiwan. The institute is strongly supported by the vibrant academic environment within the University and its vicinity, which form one of the best bio-medical research complexes in Taiwan, and Asia. In the last decade, from this institute students graduated with interdisciplinary skills in optical electronics, and biomedicine. Students are recruited in diverse industries including those of optical, electronics, and medical materials, as well as other research centers.
The main objective in designing the courses at the Institute of Biophotonics is to train students to become interdisciplinary experts. As the Institute was established as a graduate institute of applied sciences, we are engaged in applying photonic technologies to biomedical research.
As the admitted students are from different majors in their undergraduate education, some of them may not have sufficient biomedical knowledge (pure science and engineering background), and some of them may not be familiar with photonic technology (pure biomedical background). To initiate them into the interdisciplinary order, we offer an introductory course "Introduction to Biophotonics" for all the students. In this course, students will learn important aspects of biophotonics & biomedical optics, so that they can become conversant and aware of the basic principles and the current trend of this rapidly developing field. On the other hand, we offer a multitude of elective courses for specific and deeper insights into the electronic optical or biomedical field.
International exchange activities
- Invited experts from home and abroad to speech and teach without fixed schedule.
- Professors and students usually attend to international academic seminars.
- Having student exchange agreement with Nara Institute of Science and Technology, University of Ottawa and University of California, San Diego.
- The Institute has a bilateral double degree contract with Université de technologie de Troyes (UTT) which is located in French.
Areas of employment of students from the
Institute of Biophotonics.