CURRENT TRENDS IN VACCINES AND VACCINOLOGY
Designation: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Life Sciences
University: National University of Kaohsiung
Dr. Wen-Jen Yang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Life Sciences, College of Science at National University of Kaohsiung (NUK), Taiwan. He has been appointed as Supervisor of Industry Collaboration in the Division of Research and Development, Chairman of the Department of Life Sciences, and Director of interdisciplinary program in biotech industry at NUK. Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), Taiwan and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA, USA. He first joined the vaccine research group as Research Assistant for the development of Vero cell culture-derived, inactivated Japanese encephalitis vaccine at Division of Biologics’ Production, National Institute of Preventive Medicine, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan. Dr. Yang conducted research in epitopes mapping and vaccine development of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae through phage-displayed peptide libraries and was awarded Shen-Non Prize – Achievement Award at NSYSU. He is the principal investigator (PI) of Immunology and Molecular Vaccinology Laboratory at NUK. His current works are focusing on the development of novel vaccine, adjuvant and antimicrobial peptides in veterinary medicine. He was awarded Bronze Medal in 2011 International Innovation and Invention Competition for the invention of novel mucosal adjuvant. Dr. Yang has served as an instructor for “Vaccine Biotechnology”, “Cellular and Molecular Immunology”, “Advanced Molecular Biology” and “Advanced Biotechnology” graduate student curriculum in the Department of Life Sciences, College of Science at National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
His research mainly focus on the development of novel vaccine, adjuvant, phage-displayed single chain variable fragment (scFv) antibody and antimicrobial peptides for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease in veterinary medicine.
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