The Department of Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology at IIT Delhi has a unique place in the development of biochemical engineering discipline in India. The Institute took an early note of the significant role that was to be played by biochemical engineers and biotechnologists in future industrial development of biotechnology-related processes and products by initiating this activity in 1968. At present, the Department provides a model for an integrated approach towards education as well as research and development of various bioprocesses.

- Prof. Atul Narang, Head of the Department

PhD Admission, Semester 1, 2017-2018

Last date for submission of online application, April 12, 2017.
- Information Brochure, click here.
- PG Admission Website, click here.
- Admission test & interview : May 15-16, 2017

Open Positions
Faculty Members

The department seeks applicants for faculty positions, particularly at the Assistant Professor level, across all areas of biochemical engineering, industrial biotechnology and cutting-edge modern biology.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, three recent publications, and complete contact information for at least three references. The Faculty Search Committee of the Department meet regularly to consider the applications and arrange for invited seminars and/or interviews as and when the need arises. Please write to the Head of the Department for specific information.

Formal applications need to be made online. For details, click here.

- Pay Scale and Pay Band, click here.
- Faculty salary package - purchasing power parity index, click here.
- Benefits and incentives to faculty of IIT Delhi, click here.
- Professional Development Allowance, click here.
- New Faculty Grant, click here.
- New Faculty Grant - for purchase of PC/Laptop, click here.
- Leasing outside accommodation for new faculty, click here.
- New Faculty Handbook, click here.
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Postdoctoral Fellows

The department offers postdoctoral positions for aspiring young PhD degree holders to pursue independent research. For more information, click here.

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Ashwagandha has capacity to deal with complicated cancers

Department of Biotechnology (DBT, India) - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST, Japan) International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine (DAILAB) led by Dr. D. Sundar in our Department and Drs. Renu Wadhwa & Sunil Kaul at the Biomedical Research Institute, AIST, Tsukuba, Japan jointly investigated the effect of Withaferin-A on isogenic telomerase positive and ALT cells. They found that Wi-A caused inhibition of ALT mechanism. Utilizing bioinformatics and experimental assays, they found that it causes strong telomere dysfunction and upregulation of DNA damage response in ALT cells suggesting that Wi-A is a NEW candidate drug for ALT cancers. This study was published in the journal 'Cell Death and Disease' of Nature Publishing Group on 20 April 2017. For more information, click here Press release 1, Press release 2, DBT News, AIST News

IIT Delhi Alumni Award for best PG Poster

Dr. Sakshi Tewari, DST Young Scientist, working under the mentorship of Dr Shilpi Sharma, was chosen for the First Prize under PG category for her project entitled 'Enhancing nodulation and growth attributes of pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) utilizing beneficial rhizobacteria, during the Open House celebrated by IIT Delhi on April 22, 2017. For more information, click here Award List, Webpage

IIT Delhi Research Cafe Seminar Series

The departmental faculty Dr. D. Sundar delivered a talk on "Rewriting the Blueprint of Life by Genome Engineering' as part of the 'IIT Delhi Research Cafe' Seminar series on April 11, 2017. The speakers for the Seminar Series are chosen from within IIT Delhi, who have an interesting scientific journey to share with the Institute community. The general emphasis of the talk is on sharing the story starting from inspiration for the research, challenges, overiew of the solutions attempted, success and failures. For more information, click here Flyer, Interview

International Biological Engineering Meeting

The departmental faculty Dr. Zia Shaikh and Dr. D. Sundar are invited speakers at the synthetic biology conference at JNU called 'International Biological Engineering Meeting (iBEM 1.0)' from March 26-28, 2017. The conference has talks on genome editing, cell factory, genome construction, synthetic life, enabling technologies, iGEM and so on. A new initiative called iBEC (Indian Biological Engineering Competition) for Indian students will be launched in this conference. For more information, click here link 1, link 2

Hands on workshop on CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene targeting

Genome Editing by CRISPR-Cas9 has revolutionized the process of making DNA-level changes and the implications of this reach far beyond standard molecular biology applications. The CRISPR-Cas9 system can be used as a tool-box for editing, modifying, visualizing and interrogating genomes and can be adapted for numerous other applications depending upon the need of the researcher. At the workshop on CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene editing, participants are provided with a hands-on training on how to use this technology for precisely manipulating their own targets starting from design to experimentation and subsequent analysis. The departmental faculty Dr. D. Sundar served as a Speaker/Instructor in this workshop held at IGIB during March 22-25, 2017. For more information, click here

Cost-effective test to detect typhoid in just 7 hours

Saurabh Singh and Vikas Pandey, two former students of the Department, mentored by Dr. Ravi Elangovan and Vivek Perumal, have developed a rapid diagnostic method for typhoid with a turnaround diagnosis time of seven hours. Tests available currently take over two days to arrive at a diagnosis. The newest diagnostic tool is simple to manage, portable and most importantly 'cost effective', making it a more viable option for the rural masses. The Pfizer-IIT Delhi Innovation and IP Program (PIDIIP) aligned with the the "Start-up India, Stand up India' national campaign helped the duo develop this test. . For more information, click here link 1, link 2

Participation in STS Forum meeting

The Indo-Japan joint laboratory DAILAB (DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine) participated in the deliberations of the STS forum 2nd Indo-Japan Workhop held on Feb 28, 2017 in New Delhi. A special session on cooperation in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology between India and Japan was organized as part of the workshop. Partners of DAILAB from IIT Delhi and AIST Tsukuba participatedi in the meeting. For more information, click here link 1, link 2

Longitude Prize Discovery Award for Dr. Ravi Elangovan

Dr. Ravikrishnan Elangovan and his team Valetude Primus have won this prestigious international award for developing 'SiMED' - a novel portable device for early-stage detection and categorisation of blood bacterial infection. At an award ceremony held in London at the Royal Society on November 21, 2016, members of the team were presented with the Longitude Prize Discovery Award. The Longitude Prize is a global science competition that will award 8 million GBP to a diagnostic test that helps solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance. It is being run by Nesta and supported by Innovate UK as funding partner. For more information, click here link 1, link 2

Departmental faculty to help clean Delhi drain

Prof. T.R. Sreekrishnan and Dr. Shaikh Z. Ahammad of the Department are heading the consortium of scientists from India along with scientists from The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) who have teamed up with Scientists from the Delft University of Technology, Wageningten University and the Vrije Unversiteit in the Netherlands to set up a network of sewage treatment plants that will clean wastewater in Delhi's Barapullah drain, which is reportedly responsible for 30 per cent of the pollution of the Yamuna. The 'Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse' (LOTUS) project was inaugurated at Barapulla Sundial on September 08, 2016. For more information, click here link 1, link 2

DBT Unit of Excellence (UoE)

A DBT Unit of Excellence (UoE) for cancer research has been established in the Department in the year 2016. For more information, click here

Pfizer Innovation Award

A startup by PhD students "Valetude Primus Healthcare Pvt Ltd" mentored by our faculty Dr. Ravikrishnan Elangovan has been awarded the inaugural Pfizer-IIT Delhi Innovation Resident Incubation (Idea to IP) Award. This program aims to support healthcare-based individual innovators/start-ups from idea to IP stage; with well defined technology objectives, roadmaps and significant commercial potential. The award was presented at a ceremony held on July 27, 2016 at IIT Delhi. This team has been recognized for developing a rapid diagnostics method for typhoid infection with a turnaround time of 5-7 hours. For more information, click here

Indo-Japan International Laboratory (DAILAB) inaugurated

In order to promote close and effective collaboration between India and Japan, the Department of Biotechnology of India (DBT), Govt. of India and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan) had established a joint international research laboratory, named DAILAB (DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine) in the Department on November 04, 2015. DAILAB is the first joint international laboratory of DBT and AIST in the field of Biomedicine. For more information, click here

Our undergraduate students win MIT prize

Our undergraduate student team won bronze medal in the annual international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition helad at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA during September 24-28, 2015. The team worked on developing a genetically engineered bacteria that may be the future solution for air pollution. For more information, click here link 1, link 2, link 3

A+ ranking for our teaching program

The B.Tech/M.Tech dual degree program offered by the department received the highest A+ ranking from the DBT Task Force on Human Resources Development in February 2015. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India is partially supporting this teaching program.


The department has received major funding from the DST under the 'Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure (FIST) program again in 2015. The earlier FIST grant was awarded to the department in the year 2005.

Holy sites 'may offer clues to antibiotic resistance'

The Departmental faculty and researchers from Newcastle University, UK are studying how large gatherings of people in Rishikesh and Haridwar could become hotspots for the spread of the genes that cause antibiotic resistance. The river samples that Dr. Zia Shaikh analysed, showed that, when the amount human waste entering the river rises during May and June, levels of antibiotic resistance genes are up to 60 times higher. For more information, click here link 1, link 2, YouTube

PGPR Technology Transfer

A process technology for mass multiplication of PGPR strains developed under Biofertilizer network project sponsored by Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB) has been transferred to M/s. Nagarjuna Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (NFCL), Hyderabad by Technology Advancement Unit (TAU) of DBT (on behalf of the investigators) in Nov. 2012. For more information, click here

DBT Centre of Excellence (CoE)

A DBT Centre of Excellence (CoE) for microbial production of designer polymers from renewable resources has been established in the Department in the year 2012. For more information, click here

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Last updated: April 26, 2017