Welcome to the Department of
Biosciences and Bioengineering

A strong research and teaching program in Biosciences and Bioengineering
nurtured by active collaboration between biologists, medical scientists,
physical scientists and engineers

About Us

The disciplines of Biosciences and Bioengineering infuse our daily lives to an unprecedented degree today. Whether it is the food we eat, the medicines we take, the devices that are used in order to diagnose and treat ailments, or our very understanding of how our own bodies and minds work, Biosciences and Bioengineering give us both insights as well as techniques to ensure greater well-being, for both animal and plant life.

Stemming from our pursuit of knowledge and technology development in the biological and medical sciences, the two sub-domains represented specifically in academic programs in our department are Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering. We offer an MSc in the former, an MTech in the latter, and PhD in both.

The study of the biological and medical sciences spans multiple scales of size, all the way from atoms to the biosphere, and it is important to ask questions at all these size scales. Imbalances in ecosystems, communities, and populations will be detrimental to all living systems, especially human beings. Due to this immediate impact on our lives, many bioscience or bioengineering departments around the world study the living world at the larger size scales. Many other departments, including the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering @ IIT Bombay, study biology and animal physiology at the organ, tissue, and cellular levels, allowing us to impact human life by working at the interface of biology and engineering.

Several human-made systems are engineering marvels. Even the most complex of human-made systems, however, comes with a parts list and design manual. Living systems, in contrast, lack parts lists or design manuals. The challenge is to reverse engineer living systems and understand the design principles. Via such processes, not just do we employ engineering techniques to advance biological knowledge and healthcare, we also gain inspiration from biological and medical sciences to develop better engineering systems.

Owing to their complexity, living systems can be viewed as “black boxes”. As such, one can study biological and medical sciences for the intellectual challenge they offer. Due to the inherent applicability of biosciences and bioengineering to our lives, one can also develop applications to benefit human health and welfare, provide food security, offer solutions for sustainable living, and the like.

Faculty Recruitment

We invite applications for faculty positions from Indian and Foreign Nationals in Systems-level Biomedical Engineering in the following areas:

  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Medical Signal & Medical Image Processing
  • Physiological Systems Modelling
  • Data Science for Biomedical Engineering

For further information on advertisement, areas of specialization, and eligibility criteria click here

Achievements and recognitions

Awards

Dr. R. Srivastava

Dr. Rohit Srivastava has been offered the Himanshu Patel Chair for Biosciences & Bioengineering

Awards

Dr. Shamik Sen

Dr. S. Sen has been offered the Madhuri Sinha Chair for Biosciences & Bioengineering

Awards

Dr. Anirban Banerjee

for being invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bacteriology.

Awards

Dr. Rahul Purwar

Cell and gene therapy, NexCAR19, developed by Dr. Rahul Purwar and his group has now received approval from CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Org.), Govt of India, for the treatment of r/r B-cell lymphomas and leukemia.

Awards

Dr. A. Banerjee

for receiving the S. Ramachandran National Bioscience Award for Career Development of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India

Awards

Dr. Debjani Paul

Sickle cell diagnosis technology has been licensed

Awards

Dr. A. Banerjee

for receiving the SERB Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR) 2023.

Awards

Dr. S.K. Maji

for receiving the Prof. S.C. Bhattacharya Award for Excellence in Pure Sciences 2022 (SCB)

Awards

Dr. A. Banerjee

for receiving the Professor Rita Mulherkar Lecture Award, a recognition given to outstanding Indian Cell Biologists.

Awards

Dr. S.K. Maji

for receiving the SASTRA-Obaid Siddiqi Award for life science.

Awards

Dr. D. Paul

joined editorial team of ‘PLoS Global Public Health’ and also started as associate editor in ‘Bioengineering and Translational Medicine’.

Awards

Dr. S. Srivastava

book on Proteomics has been published by CRC press

Awards

Dr. Ranjith P.

for being elected as a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc)

Awards

Dr. S. Mukherji

for being elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NASI)

Awards

Dr. R. Srivastava

for being elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS)

Awards

Dr. R. Purwar

CAR-T cell therapy developed by Dr. Purwar and his team at BSBE, IITB has shown such encouraging safety and efficacy results.

Awards

Dr. S.K. Maji

for being elected as a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

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