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Mahidol University and Osaka University
Collaborative Research Center (MU-OU:CRC) for Bioscience and Biotechnology





Rationale

MU-OU:CRC is a center of excellence to establish research across the range of multidisciplinary researches including cell biology, enzyme technology, microbiology, microbiology, molecular biotechnology, plant biotechnology and bioprocess engineering. MU-OU:CRC is set up at Faculty of Science, Mahidol University in 2002 to conduct highly advanced research in the field of Bioscience and Biotechnology. With the combination and integration of various fields of knowledge, the MU-OU:CRC aims to study and innovate the quality of peoples life by focusing on the basic research/application of sustainable utilization of abundant natural resources in Southeast Asian countries. Modern equipment, provided jointly by Mahidol University and Osaka University, will be available within the CRC, including capillary DNA sequencer, automatic protein purification system, PCRs, and so on. The highly qualified expertise of the staff members together with the sophisticated equipment will enable the CRC to tackle with interesting problems at the frontline of Biotechnology.


Foundation of MU-OU:CRC

Mahidol University and Osaka University; A long term co-operation


Since 1978 the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has been carrying out special bilateral exchange programs with universities in Southeast Asia countries. At the beginning, the scheme of Core university system was exploited with the designated universities playing leading roles in the co-operative activities. The program with Thailand in the field of biotechnology is one of the first and successful example of these co-operative programs. Osaka University is serving as the core university to co-ordinate the activities of co-operating universities and researchers in Japan whereas the counterpart core university in Thailand was Kasetsart University from 1978 to 1985 and Mahidol University from 1985 to present. Hence, it is 24 years of close cooperation between Osaka and Mahidol Universities in the field of biotechnology, which at present has merged into multilateral co-operative research program and involved several Asian countries.


The current activity between Osaka and Mahidol universities also includes cyber course in biotechnology which started in November, 2002 till February, 2003. Currently two servers were donated by Osaka University to Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. One sever is at Mahidol University Computer Center (MUCC) and another server is located at Department of Biotechnology. Both servers will be used in the cyber course lectures between the two universities.


The new phase on co-operative research program in biotechnology was implemented in the year 2002 which include setting up of the Mahidol University and Osaka University Collaborative Research Center for Bioscience and Biotechnology and Cooperative Research Station in Southeast Asia (ICBiotech, Osaka University).


Under the center, the appropriate research project will be selected. Mahidol University with staff from Department of Biotechnology and from other Departments, will cooperate with staff from ICBiotech, Osaka University, on the project Cell Bioengineering and Bioprocess Development. This project will have 2 aspects, one as a model of gene expression in all important host systems, and another as a model of downstream processing for recombinant protein purification and characterization.


Research areas



The main research area of the center will be under the project of Cell Bioengineering and Bioprocess Development with the emphasis on the development of sustainable utilization of biological resources, particularly the microorganisms of industrial importance. The research will focus on the use of multidisciplinary fields to search the new resources, and their productivity improvement through various genetic tools as well as the study of their applications.



Prof. Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto,
President of Osaka Univ.
and Prof. Dr. Pornchai Matangkasombut,
President of Mahidol Univ.

MU-OU:CRC Open Ceremony
on December 23, 2002

MU-OU Service




CONTACT ADDRESS :
Associate Professor Watanalai Panbangred
Mahidol University-Osaka University Collaborative Research Center for Bioscience and Biotechnology (MU-OU:CRC)
Room K529 Chalermprakiat Building
Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Rama 6 Rd.,
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel: 66-2201-5925 Fax: 66-2201-5926
E-mail: scwpb@mahidol.ac.th
Website : muou.sc.mahidol.ac.th


 


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