Research conducted in the laboratory of Prof. D. Sundar was featured in the Economic Times spotlight on May 14, 2017. The article was titled 'How a clutch of scientists at different labs in the country are researching in different areas of cancer, from detection to methods of invasion of the deadly cells'. For more information, click here Article.
Profs. T.R. Sreekrishnan and Zia Shaikh from the Department are leading the project on "Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse" (LOTUSHR) for cleaning the Barapullah drain at Sarai Kale Khan, New Delhi. The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan laid the foundation stone to mark the beginning of the project on May 09, 2017. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Mr. Bert Koenders, the Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Anil Baijal, the Secretary, Department of Biotechnology Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan and other dignitaries also participated in the function. For more information, click here PIB news, DBT news, News 1, News 2.
Latest research conducted by Prof. D. Sundar in collaboration with researchers from AIST, Japan, indicates that Ashwagandha (or Withania somnifera - an Ayurvedic herb) can be a potential drug candidate for treating an aggressive form of cancer. For more information, click here News 1, News 2, IITD News .
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A DBT Unit of Excellence (UoE) for cancer research has been established in the Department in the year 2016. For more information, click here
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
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 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
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.
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
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
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