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       The Graduate Institute was first established on August 1947, with 3 divisions, namely physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology. After a few years, each division was promoted intoan individual institute. The Graduate Institute of Physiology and the Department of Physiology (College of Medicine) were later merged into one administrative unit for research and teaching. At present, the Institute admits 18 students for the Master program and 4 students for the Ph.D. program every year.
     The Institute covers many different fields of research, including endocrinology, neurophysiology, circulatory and cardiac physiology, renal physiology, behavior neurophysiology, respiration physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, respiration physiology, and cellular physiology. There are now 10 full-time faculty members in this institute, including 5 professors, 4 associate professors, and 1 assistant professor. All of the faculty members have received advanced training in physiology and biomedical research in world-renowned institutes and universities in Taiwan or overseas. Please refer to the section of Faculty for more information about their research interest and scientific publication.
       The faculty members in our institute are devoted in scientific research and education.We are still trying to recruit more excellent scholars to join the Institute, and encourages more students and young fellow researchers to join the team. We have a state-of-the art facility with advanced equipment and devices that are regularly maintained by our staffs, and always endeavor to procure more updated instruments. It is our goal to combine a wide spectrum of research expertise and experimental techniques, from animal models to cellular and molecular studies, in order to foster an ideal training program for the advancement of knowledge in human physiology.

       The major research equipment currently available in the Institute include centrifuges, ultracentrifuges, gamma-solid scintillation counter, β-liquid scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, electrophoretic apparatus, cell culture apparatus, FPLC, HPLC, deep freezer, ultrasonic cell distruptor, stereomicroscope, laser Doppler flowmetry, blood gas analyzer, polygraph, intracellular injector, various electrophysiological stimulators and amplifiers, electrochemical detector (ECD), gas chromatography, immunofluorescence microscopes, ECL image acquisition system, Ussing Chamber systems, and electrovoltemeters.


        Departmental activities and functions which foster the exchange of scientific ideas include weekly seminar courses and irregular special lectures. Distinguished scholars from outside NTU are invited to discuss their researches. The department is also in charge of the physiology courses for the undergraduate, medical and graduate students, and offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.