Saturday, December 13, 2008

Visit to the Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Photo Caption: Dr. Suhaimi Napis of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña of Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU, Philippines) together with a robot used in genomics research.

Photo Caption: The Genomics Research Center Building in Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. (Source:


After the last session of the EUAsiaGrid All-Hands Meeting, I together with other EUAsiaGrid partners visited the Genomics Research Center in Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. Our host is Dr. Ying-Ta Wu.

Below is the link to photos taken during our visit to the Genomics Research Center in Academia Sinica:
Genomics Research Center Website:

Excerpts from the Website:

"The Genomics Research Center (GRC) of Academia Sinica was founded in January 2003, with major emphasis on the discovery and functional study of certain genes of biological significance and development of innovative technologies and therapeutic strategies. Dr. Winston Chen is currently the Director. Dr.Chi-Huey Wong, currently the President of Academia Sinica, was the first Center Director.

Research in the life science has entered a new era after identification of the human genome and the genome sequences of other species. The challenge that lies ahead is to understand the functions of certain genes and apply that knowledge to development of new technologies and medicines. Academia Sinica is making great efforts to integrate domestic and international resources to foster innovative scientific research in areas related to genomics and proteomics. The GRC is expected to become a center of excellence for genomic research and education. Through the process of using breakthrough discoveries and inventions in the commercial realm, the Center has established a biotechnology incubator to advance the development of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in Taiwan.

The GRC’s research programs consist of five major areas: Functional Genomics, Chemical Biology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Bioinformatics, and Key Technology. There is also an Incubation Center for pursuing technology transfer and collaboration with peer institutions. In addition, Academia Sinica has established several national genomic core facilities (e.g. mouse mutagenesis and disease models, genotyping, microarrays, mass spectrometry and proteomics, X-ray and NMR for structural genomics, MRI, and bioinformatics) to support these research programs."

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