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Biology ( M.S. )

1. Research Areas

  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology

2. Program Duration and Credit

All requirements for a M.S. degree generally are met within three years of admission to degree status. Extensions may be applied by the graduate and granted by the degree committee of the college of life science. The maximum school years are not longer than 5 years (including the extension time).
For a M.S. degree, a minimum of 30 credits is required. At least 19 credits of academic courses must be included in the total credits.

3. Academic Core Courses and Introduction

Research Methods in Biology
This course offers detailed and comprehensive coverage ofresearch methodologies for modern biological science. The course enables students to develop their critical and scientific thinking, to learn the effective strategies in conducting experiments. Course content concentrates upon key practical approaches in the study, such as designing a research project, choosing and executing appropriate methods, collecting and analyzing biological data, acquiring biomedical information from the websites. In addition, the student will be offered ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with analytical approaches by practicing software that have been developed for the analysis of complex data, drawing diagrams and citation of literatures as well as writing research article. The course is composed of lectures given by teachers and case discussion.

Experimental Techniques in Modern Biology
The course is based on innovative experiments. The graduate students are required to design an experiment about a specific topic every week. The students could manage the fundamental principles and methods through spectro photometric technique experiment, genome technology experiment, protein separation and purification technology experiment, electrophoresis experiment, chromatographic analysis experiment, heavy metal testing technology experiment, genome sequencing and microsatellite technology experiment, proteomics experiment and so on. Thus we could improve the experimental operation techniques of postgraduate students and set a good foundation for students to do their experiments well. Meanwhile the students’ scientific thought and innovation capacity would also be trained.

Genetic Engineering
Genetic engineering is the core technology of modern biological sciences. Based on molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology and other disciplines, genetic engineering combines with the concept of traditional engineering, modify genetic barcodes with high efficiency by using state-of-art design and the accurate experimental operation. This course will introduce basic principles and design ideas, and some common experimental methods to the graduates. In addition, the application of genetic engineering in the medical sciences and industrial and agricultural construction, as well as the safety of genetic engineering application, are also introduced. The aims of this class are to enable students to get to know the genetic engineering, which has deeply influenced the social and economic development and has been recognized as a new discipline with the most promising developmental potentials in this century. By studying this class, students will understand the basic principle and working ideas of the genetic engineering, thus they can adapt the social demands for high technology and build up knowledge background for the future career or further scientific research.

Seminar in Biology
The objective of this course, "seminar in biology", is to help doctoral students to obtain the ability of scientific thinking, scientific innovation, as well as to solve practical problems by exchanging and discussing each other the current progresses in their thesis research. Course is conducted in the form of weekly seminar in the laboratory or research group as a unit.
The seminar topics include:

  • doctoral students report their research progress and emerging issues, and graduate students and their advisor work together to analyze the scientific significance and innovation of research progress, to find out the deficiencies of the results and methods of solutions to questions, and to determine the direction of further work;
  • by recent literatures, graduates give a critical introduction of current progresses or frontier issues in biology, and discuss the scientific significance and the landmark effect of these progress or issues, and the enlightenment and application for their research work.

Progress in Biology
The objective of this course, "progress in biology", is to broaden doctoral student’s sights in biology field, bring them in the frontier of current biology research, establish their sense of innovation, improve their independent research ability. This course provide doctoral students a series of lectures by invited outstanding scientists come from all overall world who are doing frontier research and obtain innovation achievements in a hot spot or a specific area of biology. Doctoral students should exchange and discuss with speakers to create some innovation ideas or beams.

4. Supervisors

Xiaoyu Ding, Guoxiang Chen, Jianhong Li, Qinsong Xu, Guang Yang, Hongying Sun, Fei Ma, Xiaofeng Xu, Bin Li, Changfa Zhou, Wenhua Ren, Jiaxin Yang, Zhou Yang, Shaowu Yin, Wen Wang, Qian Ren, Qingguo Meng, Chang Liu,Zhao Zhang, Fuliang Du, Xiangrong Cao, Huaqun Chen, Zhigang Guo, Sheng Yuan,Lin Lu, Chuanchao Dai, Yijun Dai, Ying Huang, Shuanglin Chen, Zhimin Yin, Long Chen, Ping Liu, Changmei Lu, Bojian Zhong, Ziqiang Zhu, Guangfu Zhang, Chongshun Chen, Luogen Cheng, Peng Li, Jie Yan, Shixia Xu, Bingyao Chen, Zhigang Hu, Shan Lu, Mei Liu, Chuanjun Wen, Cheng Deng, Yuru Chen, Shuzhen Yan, Guangdong Shang, Jinjie Shang, Shizhu Zhang, Yong Jia, Yanzhen Mei, Weiping Mao, Lei Lan, Zhihui Zhao, Yuqing Chen.