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 2, 2016-2017

List of candidates provisionally selected for admission, click here.
Applicants shortlisted for Admission Test on Dec 06, 2016, click here.
Criteria applied for shortlisting of applications, click here.
PG Admission Website, click here.

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.

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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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.

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: Jan 02, 2017