In early 2006, CPH moved into its current building with more commodious spaces, including faculty offices, seminar rooms and student offices, so as to optimize the teaching/learning environment (Fig. 1). Briefly, CPH uses about 55% of the CPH Building, with the remaining 30% by College of Medicine and another 15% by NTU Hospital. The sharing in space use among the three does not only lower our financial burden in maintenance but also facilitate interaction among people in public health with people in clinical medicine and allied health profession.
The CPH’s own space includes 36 lab rooms, 12 classrooms, 50 faculty office rooms, 27 conference rooms, and other type of rooms (office, lounge, storage, biospeciemen-keeping refrigerators room). In principle, every full-time faculty member has a faculty office that can further accommodate two assistants. For undergraduate students, CPH has allocated the Office for DPH Student Association, the Office for Public Health Service Team, and one office for each of four grades of DPH students. The four grade-specific student offices, located on the 6th and 7th floors, are in close proximity to faculty offices and seminar rooms in order to promote frequent interactions among faculty members and undergraduate students. For graduate students, CPH has large-open offices that have more than 30 desks for master’s students and 6-desk rooms for doctoral students or postdoctoral fellows. There are other professional resources for students’ learning, such as the Statistical Consultation Room and High-level Computer Room, which are located on the 5th floor. (introduction of CPH building)
Fig. 1. The lobby, classrooms, conference rooms and computer room of CPH
Currently CPH has four types of lab facilities: biological, chemical, physical, and computer labs. The former three types of “wet” labs are located in the 9th and 10th floor, while the “dry” computer labs are located in 2nd floor and 5th floor. Briefly, the main equipment in each type of lab is succinctly described as follows:
1) Biological lab (introduction of biological lab):
● Molecular and genomic biological lab (Fig. 2):
a) Sample and Reagent Storage: -20℃ (9F & B1) and -80℃ (B1) Fridges, Storage Cabinet (toxic reagents), Liquid Nitrogen Supply Tank (B1).
b) Sample Preparation: Centrifugation, DNA Extraction and Amplification, Liquid Handing Workstation, Bio-Hazard Safety Cabinet.
c) DNA Amplification: PCR machine.
d) Genotyping, Gene Expression, Sequencing: Taqman Assay (SNP detection), Micro-RNA Expression, Sequencing.
e) Quantification of Cytokine/Chemokine: Enzyme-Linked, Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) System.
Fig. 2. The biological lab: Molecular and genomic biological lab
● P2-plus lab (Fig. 3):
a) Cell Culture & Egg Incubation: A 37℃, 5% CO2 Incubator, A 28℃ Incubator for Insect Cells, An Egg Incubator for Influenza Research.
b) Virus Isolation and Virological Research: Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) Virus, Dengue Virus, Other BSL-2 Viruses Except Human Influenza Virus.
c) Cellular Microbiology Research: Identify Host Factors Involved in Virus Infection.
d) Seroepidemiological Studies on Viral Infection.
Fig. 3. The biological lab: P2-plus lab
● P1/P2 lab (Fig. 4):
a) Functions: Culture and Molecular Bacteriologic Study of RG1 and RG2 Pathogenic Bacteria.
b) Current Focus: Klebsiella pneumoniae.