Biological Sciences and Bioengineering (BSBE)

On 13th September 2001, IIT Kanpur added a new dimension to its ongoing research areas by setting up a formal department to boost scientific investigations and studies in the field of Biology. Started with the vision to provide quality teaching and research training in basic biology, biomedical and bioengineering fields, the department intends to produce brilliant scientists who through their meaningful research and novel discoveries will bring about a positive change in the overall health of the nation.

Currently, the BSBE department is housed in a three-storied building that has 16 research labs, 6 labs for core facilities, and 3 teaching labs, besides the office space. The faculty strength stands at 16 with about 145 Undergrads and 100 Postgrads.

The current domains of research pursued at the department are (a) molecular, cellular and developmental biology, (b) structural and computational biology and (c) bioengineering. Both the faculty and the students are engaged in conducting multi-disciplinary research on cutting-edge problems such as several types of cancer, epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders and osteoarthritis. These studies have attracted funding from major national and international agencies including the Wellcome-DBT India Alliance, Indo-UK Science bridge program, DBT, DST, CSIR, DAE, ICMR and DRDO.

Of the hundreds of students who have passed out from the department since its inception, most of them have taken up respectable positions across the country and abroad. While some have joined as faculty while others are working in biopharma companies, IT, banking and finance sectors. A good number of undergrads, continuing with their quest for knowledge, have joined in the Ph.D. programs. In the years to come, BSBE aspires to become one of the world’s leading centres for biomedical research, training and teaching.

A big credit of this success goes to Mr. Arun Shourie who, while serving as the Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, pledged Rs. 11.9 crore from his MPLADS funds that helped lay the foundations of the BSBE building.





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