A Brief History
The Institute of Nuclear Science, the predecessor of the Department of Nuclear Science was the first institute when Tsing Hua University was re-established in Taiwan in 1956. A Ph.D. program was added later in 1987. The Department of Nuclear Science was established in 1992 to also provide undergraduate teaching and additional research programs. In 2006, the department name was changed to Department of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences (BMES) to reflect the specialty of faculty members and teaching programs. A total of 1636 students have graduated from this department, including 1064 M.Sc., 94 Ph.D., and 478 B.Sc. graduates. Currently, the department has 87 Ph.D. students, 90 M.Sc. students, and 197 B.Sc. students.
Biomedical engineering and environmental science use the knowledge from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science to solve the problems in biomedicine and the environment. Interdisciplinary study of these two fields has become mainstream research interest. The department provides undergraduate and graduate programs, granting B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees. Since 2011, the department also offers a M.D./Ph.D. program.
Faculty & Facilities
Faculty: 14 Professors; 6 Associate Professors; 1 Assistant Professors; 3 Affiliate Professors; 5 Adjunct Professors; 2 Adjunct Associate Professors; 2 Adjunct Assistant Professors.
Facilities: The department has many important research facilities in the fields of molecular biophotonics, medical physics and engineering, and environmental molecular science.
The department has three teaching and research programs: 1. Molecular Biophotonics, 2. Medical Physics and Engineering, and 3. Environmental Molecular Science. The main research focus of the Molecular Biophotonics program includes (1) development and applications of biochips, (2) biophotonic measurements, (3) molecular imaging, (4) gene therapy, and (5) bionanotechnology. The main research focus of the Medical Physics and Engineering program includes the following areas: (1) development of imaging systems involving computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound (US), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), (2) radiotherapy, (3) nuclear medicine, and (4) radiation biology. The main research focus of Environmental Molecular Science includes (1) nano/ultratrace analysis, (2) fate and transport of contaminants, (3) biological response to environmental contaminants, and (4) interaction of chemicals at interfaces.