Biotechnology research center of Kunming University of Science and Technology was founded in 2004. With the fast development and improvement in recent years, the center has recruited many young and talented investigators. There are a total of 34 faculty and staffs in the center with 13 full professors and 8 associate professors, and 90 % of teaching faculty has Ph.D. degree. Currently, there are 240 undergraduate students, 375 master students and 40 Ph.D. students in the center.
The biotechnology research center presently offers 1 Ph.D. program (Environmental Microbiology); 9 master programs (Bioengineering, Biochemical Engineering, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecule Biology, Developmental Biology, Botany, Zoology, Biophysics and Physiology) and 1 undergraduate program (Bioengineering). The center has the most advanced research facilities; it also has the perfect management systems, which create a favorable environment and development space for disciplinary.
The main research areas of biotechnology center include extremophilic microorganisms, molecular virology, biofuels, metabolic engineering, bioinformatics, biotransformation, bioresource technology, applied microbiology, regenerative biology and plant genetic engineering. In recent five years, the biotechnology research faculty has obtained two sub-projects of National Key Project for Basic Research ‘973' grants, two sub-projects of Key National ‘863' grants, and 35 research grants of Chinese National Scientific Foundation.
The biotechnology research center has clear program features and excellent teaching skills. It has won university-level teaching achievement award two times.
The course of Microbiology became the university-level excellent course. The course of Biodetection Technologies was awarded as Yunnan provincial excellent course.
The biotechnology research center has extensive research collaboration with Universities in US, Japan, France, and Germany, offering an open academic environment to the students.
(Written by Jun-Wei Xu)