During the calendar year 2020, various initiatives and measures were undertaken for conducting research and teaching in the department. For the major highlights of the achievements of the department in research and innovation, education and publications, kindly click here Report.
The online registration (uploading of documents and forms) for students admitted in Semester 1, 2020-2021 is open from August 18, 2020 to September 17, 2020. For the semester schedule, click here, For the details of online registtration, click here, For Online Orientation-related instructions (Sep 22-24, 2020), click here, For Departmental Orientation session on Sep 23, 2020, click here.
A research paper from the laboratory of Prof. Ziauddin Shaikh Ahammad has reported that the river Yamuna harboured some of the critical group, multidrug-resistant. For news coverage, click here.
Prof. Ravikrishnan Elangovan and his research group has been granted a US Patent on systems and methods for magnetic capturing of rare cells from a liquid sample. For more information, click here click here.
Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020 (DDH2020), a joint initiative of AICTE, CSIR and supported by Office of Principal Scientific Advisor, Govt. of India, NIC and MyGov. DDH2020 vision and mission is to establish "Open innovation Model" for in silico drug discovery against Covid-19 virus and will cover the various processes in drug discovery, including but not limited to, in silico screening of molecules, lead optimization and identification of drug-able non-toxic targets. The targets/tools/lead molecules identified through the process of DDH2020 will be further taken forward for synthesis followed by subsequent steps in routine drug discovery program. Prof. D. Sundar of the Department delivered a talk at DDH2020 on 'CRISPR/Cas9 in drug discovery'. For details on DDH2020 click here, for Flyer Click here. for YouTube video that was livestreamed Click here.
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A collaborative research study by Prof. Sundar's lab and AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Japan has recently discovered that Ashwagandha may hold an efficient anti-COVID-19 drug. For more information, click here IITD News , Vigyan Prasar COVID Newsletter, Vigyan Prasar COVID News Bulletin (English, 20200523), Vigyan Prasar COVID News Bulletin (Hindi, 20200523).
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Profs. Shilpi Sharma and Preeti Srivastava will be coordinating a Short Term Course on 'Environmental sustainability through microorganims' under the aegis of 'Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP-III)' during July 13-17, 2020 in the Department. For Flyer, Click here.
The department hosted the 2nd Indian Alumni Meeting of invitees under the Sakura Science Plan on February 15, 2020 at IIT Delhi. The event was sponsored by the Japan Science and Technology (JST) Agency. For more information on Sakura Science Exchange Porgram under the Sakura Science Plan, click here click here.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India launches the GenomeIndia initiative for cataloguing the genetic variations in Indians. It is Pan India initiative focussed on whole genome sequencing of representative populations across India. The project aims to catalogue genetic variations in 10,000 healthy individuals covering the major ethnic groups spread across the country to provide a boost to Precision Healthcare. This is a multi-institution consortium project involving 20 institutions across country - CBR-IISc, AIIMS Jodhpur, CCMB, CDFD, IGIB, GBRC, IIIT- ALD, IISER Pune, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Jodhpur, IBSD, ILS, Mizoram University, NCBS, NIBMG, NIMHANS, RGCB and SKIMS. The laboratory of Prof. D. Sundar, representing the Department and IIT Delhi, is excited to be a part of this project. For twitter feed click here, for Flyer Click here.
During the calendar year 2019, various initiatives and measures were undertaken for conducting research and teaching in the department. For the major highlights of the achievements of the department in research and innovation, education and publications, kindly click here Report.
Research conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Shaikh Z Ahammad was featured in The New York Times spotlight on December 23, 2019. The laboratory of Prof. Ziauddin Shaikh Ahammad is involved in developing metagenomic assisted surveillance tools for tracking antibiotic resistance in river bodies. For more information, click here click here
Our new faculty in the department was featured in IITD website. For more information, click here click here.
A big welcome to our new faculty member, Ishaan Gupta. He completed his BE Computer Science & MSc Biological Sciences degree from BITS, Pilani and obtained his PhD from University of Heidelberg and EMBL Heidelberg (Germany). He completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (USA) and Weill Cornell Medicine (USA). He specializes in the end-to-end development of novel transcriptomic assays to measure biological phenomena with high precision and accuracy. For more information, click here click here.
The department mourns the demise of Prof. Tarun Kumar Ghose who breathed his last on September 25, 2019. Prof. T.K. Ghose founded the Department in IIT Delhi. The Biological Engineering Society of India (BESI) paid rich tribues to Prof. Ghose during its annual conference BESCON2019 held in IIT Madras during October 18-19, 2019. For Tribute, Click here.
Prof. Shilpi Sharma will be hosting an Indo-Australian (IITD-UQ) joint workshop on Soil Management for sustainable agriculture on September 20, 2019 in the Department. For Program, Click here.
Two PhD projects are available under the Joint PhD program of IIT Delhi with University of Queensland. The advisors are Prof. Lucinda Elizabeth Doyle from our Department and Prof. Gordon Southam from Queensland. For Flyer, Click here, For Poster, Click here, For Project 1, Click here, For Project 2, Click here.
Profs. Shilpi Sharma and Preeti Srivastava will be coordinating a Short Term Course on 'Environmental sustainability through microorganims' under the aegis of 'Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP-III)' during Nov 18-22, 2019 in the Department. For Flyer, Click here.
A big welcome to our new faculty member, Lucinda Elizabeth Doyle. She has just joined our department after receiving her PhD from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and after a postdoctoral at Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. She will start her research in microbial electrochemistry once she gets settled.. For more information, click here click here.
To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India and our Institute have come together to bring the best of science and technology to implement waste management in India. Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt of India, Prof K. Vijay Raghavan and Director, IIT Delhi, Prof V. Ramgopal Rao signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently for setting up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies for implementation of sustainable, scientific and technological solutions for waste management, through validation and deployment of available technologies for transformation of waste to wealth. Our departmental faculty Prof. T.R. Sreekrishnan is also involved in this initiative. For more information, click here IITD News .
Latest research conducted by Prof. D. Sundar in collaboration with researchers from AIST, Japan, provide the first line of evidence that Withaferin-A and Withanone from Ashwagandha may be particularly effective for treatment of cancers with p53Y220C mutation. p53Y220C mutation has been categorized as the 9th most frequent p53 missense mutation found in cancer with ~100,000 new cancer cases per year worldwide and is one of the major mutations in Aflatoxin B1-related hepatocellular carcinoma and head & neck squamous cell carcinoma. For more information, click here News 1, News 2, IITD News .
A big welcome to our new faculty member, Rohan Jain. He has just joined our department after receiving his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallee, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, IHE Delft and after a postdoctoral at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. He will start his research into Critical metal recovery and bio-ligands once he gets settled.. For more information, click here click here.
DAILAB at IIT Delhi in association with DAILAB at AIST, Japan and Schrodinger Inc will be conducting a workshop on Drug Discovery Technology during February 19-20, 2019 in the Department. For more information, Click here.
The 1990-batch of our alumni UG/PG students visited the Department on December 21, 2018 as part of their 25 Year Silver Jubilee Reunion held at IIT Delhi. The department was immensely happy to welcome back its proud alumni. It was wonderful to have them in the Department and reminisce about their years in the Department and in IIT Delhi. For picture book, Click here.
Prof. D. Sundar of the Department has been elected as a Fellow of the Biotech Research Society, India (BRSI) in recognition of his outstanding research contributions in the area of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The Fellow Induction Ceremony 2018 was held during the Annual Convention of the Society at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad on November 22, 2018. Dr. Shekhar Mande, Director General CSIR and Secretary, DSIR, Govt. of India presented the scrolls to the newly elected Fellows.
Our departmental faculty Profs. Sreekrishnan and Ziauddin S. Ahammad are involved in a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, wastewater from drains will be used to produce biofuel. Science and technology minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched this project on September 18, 2018, wherein a plant with a capacity of 10 lakh litres per day will be set up to produce biofuel by treating sewer water from the Barapullah drain. For more information, click here click here.
Our departmental B.Tech student Mr. Jaen Hyun Kim (2017BB10011), originally from Seoul, South Korea, was featured in a newspaper article on Sep 11, 2018. In the article, Jae Hyun Kim shares his experience of schooling in India post class VI and how he prepared for the JEE (Advanced) to join in IIT Delhi. For more information, click here click here.
Research conducted in the laboratory of Prof. D. Sundar was featured in THE WEEK mgazine on July 29, 2018. The article was titled 'Cancer warriors' and featured the work on natural products as sources of new drugs being explored by the group. For more information, click here click here
Research conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Shaikh Z Ahammad was featured in the Indian Express spotlight on July 24, 2018. The departmental faculty Profs. T.R. Sreekrishnan and Shaikh Z. Ahammad are leading this indo-Dutch project called LOTUS HR (Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse) to test technologies that target, apart from conventional contaminant parameters like biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), pH value, etc., "contaminants of emerging concern" such as pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs), the effects of which were until recently only poorly understood.. For more information, click here click here
Research conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Ravikrishnan Elangovan was featured in the Economic Times spotlight on July 22, 2018. The group has developed two low-cost, low-maintenance diagnostic tech tools that could potentially help diagnose tuberculosis cheaper, faster and better even in remote locations. For more information, click here click here
A retreat to discuss Bioinformatics learning, education and training was organized by the Department on April 28, 2018. For Program, Click here.
Profs. Shilpi Sharma and Preeti Srivastava coordiated a Short Term Course on 'Microbial Diversity for Human Welfare' under the aegis of 'Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP-III)' during April 9-11, 2018 in the Department. For Flyer, Click here.
Our B.Tech student Mr. Vinay Kamju (2014BB10042) has secured All India Rank # 7 in Graduate Aptitute Test in Engineering (GATE-2018) in Biotechnology paper. He joins a group of other students from IIT Delhi who have topped in GATE-2018. For more information, click here Toppers.
Research conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Ravikrishnan Elangovan in collaboration with Jamia Hamdard University and ICMR was featured in the Times of India spotlight on March 04, 2018. TThe group has developed 'iMC2 TB Test', which may soon be a cost-effective, time-saving gadget to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis and promises to bring down the detection time from four days to an hour. For more information, click here link 1, link 2
Ms. Jaspreet Kaur Dhanjal (2013BEZ8509), PhD student of the department won the second best oral presentation prize in the Research Scholars Symposium held as part of the National Science Day 2018 on February 28, 2018. She was one of the six students who was shortlisted for the final oral presentation from among the different research scholars nominated by different academic units of IIT Delhi. For symposium flyer, Click here.
Prof. David Graham of the School of Engineering of Newcastle University, UK is offering a course under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) on Water Quality and Aquatic Toxicology during February 5-17, 2018 in the Department. For more information on the speaker, Click here.
Valetude Primus Healthcare (VPH), a technology spinoff from the department, was founded in 2015 to address the healthcare challenges prevalent in developing nations using innovative technologies made in India. VPH was founded by Saurabh Singh, Vikas Pandey and Ravikrishnan Elangovan, a faculty in the Department. Edited excerpts from an interview: click here News.
Mr. Rajeev Dahiya, Jr. Technical Superintendent in the department was bestowed with the Outstanding Sportsperson of the year 2017 award by the Institute for his commendable achievements in the 24th Inter IIT Staff Sports Meet. Photo
Lt. Governor Sh. Anil Baijal inspected the LOTUS project at Barapullah Drain, Sun Dial Park, Sarai Kale Khan - an India Netherlands collaborative project on November 11, 2017. This project is led by our departmental faculty Prof. T.R. Sreekrishnan. For more information, click here News.
Our dual degree student Ms. Yoshita Agrawal (2012BB50050) was awarded the Director's Gold Medal for all-round performance amongst the graduating undergraduate class of 2017 in the annual convocation held on November 04, 2017. For more information, click here News.
Prof. John Villadsen of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering of Technical University of Denmark is offering a course under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) on Bioreaction Engineering during October 9-17, 2017 in the Department. For more information on the speaker, Click here.
Our dual degree student Mr. Dhritiraj Das (2013BB50011) has won 3 individual gold medals (100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly) in the 33rd Inter IIT Aquatics Meet held during Oct 1-4, 2017 in IIT Madras. He becomes the fastest swimmer among all IITs in 2017. His dedication and hardwork is unparalleled and ever-inspiring. Not only has he achieved this brilliant feat for himself, he has trained the team from scratch too, both in swimming and Water Polo. For more information, click here BSA, IITD.
Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, announced the expansion of its first joint International laboratory with National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST) Japan named as DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine (DAILAB) to DAICENTER by signing a contract on September 13, 2017 in line with the Indo-Japan Annual Summit held during September 13-14, 2017. DAILAB established in AIST and IIT Delhi has become a role model of India-Japan S&T co-operation and has helped many students in several ways. DAICENTER involves (i) new research projects on Translational and Environmental Research including Big Data in Biomedicine, (ii) new programs for educating and inspiring youth for science careers and (iii) new connectivity/bridge between universities-research institutes-industries at both ends to inspire innovation, application and industrialization of research for the benefit of society. For more information, click here News 1, News 2, Photo
Prof. Sunil Nath of the Department has been elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (effective Nov 1, 2017) for his contributions to Engineering. Our hearty congratulations to Prof Sunil Nath for this well deserved recognition and best wishes for more distinctions. For more information, click here Announcement
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