NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
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Volume 23 Issue 9 - April 26, 2013
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Yu-Cheng Lin
A developed competitive immunoassay based on impedance measurements for methamphetamine detection
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NCKU recruits two internationally renowned scientists to its macromolecular research team
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NCKU recruits two internationally renowned scientists to its macromolecular research team
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[Tainan, Taiwan, April 16, 2013]
Dr. Wah Chiu, an Academician of the National Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Robert Reisz, a Canadian paleontologist and the fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have been recruited as distinguished chair professors of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, the university revealed recently.

Both Dr. Chiu and Dr. Reisz arrived NCKU to attend the opening ceremony of the Institute for Macromolecular Analysis and Nanomedicine Innovation ( I-MANI), April 15, which will serve as a cryo-EM (cryo-electron microscopy) training center.

Dr. Yon-Hua Tzeng, Dean of College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on behalf of NCKU President Hwung-Hweng Hwung presented the certificate of distinguished chair professor to Dr. Wah Chiu and Dr. Robert Reisz.

“Welcome Prof. Wah Chiu from Baylor College of Medicine and Prof. Robert Reisz from University of Toronto to join NCKU’s big family and we’re pleased to have them at NCKU,” said Tzeng.

He added, NCKU is known for dynamic and very cross-discipline campus culture that enriched the successful development of cryo-EM technology itself and to amplify its enabling power for advanced downstream applications.“Dr. Chiu and Dr. Reisz are among the very best in their field, coming to us from top notch research institutes and both of them will play a crucial role in I-MANI.”

“NCKU I-MANI has planned to become an intellectual center for macromolecular analyses and nanomedicine research, providing collaboration platforms from basic to applied research with our international partner institutions,” according to Dar-Bin Shih.

Dr. Chiu’s work is focused on the development of the high throughput methodology for cryo-EM and computational methods to solve 3-dimensional structures of macromolecular machines towards atomic resolution.

The biological applications of this methodology include viruses, ion channels, membranes, oligomeric proteins, protein folding machines, and cyotskeletal protein complexes.

Prof. Reisz is a Canadian paleontologist and specialist in the study of early amniote and tetrapod evolution. The best known work is on early amniotes. His research includes a number of groundbreaking discoveries, including the oldest known dinosaur embryos and the oldest known bipedal reptile, as well as the oldest known diapsid reptile.

Prof. Wah Chiu is the Alvin Romansky Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the director of the National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine.

He is also professor of molecular and cellular biology, molecular physiology and biophysics, and molecular virology and microbiology. He was elected as Academician of the National Academy of Sciences last year for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Dr. Reisz was appointed as Research Associate at the Royal ONtario Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Field museum of Natural History in Chicago. He was Senior Visiting Scientist in Russian Academy of Science Invited Professor at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris (2000–2003). In 2007, Dr. Reisz was honored fellow of Canadian Royal Society of Science and as the fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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