Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1966
Fax: (301) 314 9491
Research Interests: Biotechnology
His principal research interests relate to the
impact of biotechnology on the economic development of both industrialized and
developing countries. He has carried out a number of major studies for the U.S.
International Trade Administration focusing on: government policies in support
of biotechnology: these include basic research programs as well as promotion of
industrial projects and regulation of new products and processes; the principal
research laboratories and their activities: these include R&D carried out in
government institutes, universities and also industrial centers; the principal
companies involved in biotechnology: these include both those introducing
biotechnology into traditional industries and those developing novel industrial
activities; the mechanisms of technology transfer: these include both
traditional forms of collaboration between academia and industry and commercial
agreements between foreign and U.S. firms. Whenever possible, the mechanisms for
financing of industrial biotechnology were also studied. These studies covered
eleven countries in Western Europe and a number of Asian countries such as
Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
These efforts led to his serving as an adviser
and consultant to a number of foreign governments in the evaluation and planning
of their efforts in building up their scientific and industrial infrastructure
in biotechnology. These resulted in a series of reports to:
- The Dept. of Trade and Industry, Hong Kong
- The National Science and Technology
Development Agency, Royal Thai Government
- The Council of Economic Planning and
Development, Government of Taiwan
- The Economic Development Administration,
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
As the Asian editor of Genetic Engineering
News, the major biotechnology trade journal, he has a regular column that covers
new developments in biotechnology in Asia.
Dr. Yuan's second major area of interest is in
undergraduate curriculum development in biology. In collaboration with Dr.
Spencer Benson, he has restructured six courses in the Microbiology Dept. These
efforts have focused on a concept entitled "The Virtual Workplace" which
emphasizes the use of information for the definition and solution of problems as
well as the acquisition of basic skills in teamwork, oral and written
presentations and peer review. He has also explored the introduction of cultural
diversity into science teaching. One major project involves the Diversity
Notebook. This is a collection of case studies drawn from other cultures that
are used to illustrate basic biological concepts. Many of these case studies
have been developed in collaboration with the students in an honor seminar. Such
innovative efforts have led to invitations to speak as a keynote speaker in the
Undergraduate Education Conference of the American Society of Microbiology
(1995) as well as conferences of the American Association for Higher Education,
the Biozentrum in Basel, Switzerland, the Human Genome Project, and the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute.
Courses taught by Dr. Yuan:
General Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, as well as honors
seminars, one of which is based on the Diversity Notebook,
another one is Biotechnology in Asia.
Yuan, R. and Benson, S.A., Modern
Microbiology for Non-majors: Teaching Relevance, ASM News 61,
Yuan, R., Benson, S.A., and Glick, L., Teaching
Management Skills to Science Students: Creating a Virtual Workplace.
Technology Management 1, 107-118, 1994.