Integrating the Biological sciences: Department of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering
May 28, 2018 | N Manyata
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering was established in the year 2007. It aims to provide multidisciplinary teaching and research in this field by combining biological and medical sciences with engineering principles. Currently, there are 19 faculty members appointed in the department. There are a total of 60 seats (30 seats each for Biotechnology and Biomedical streams) for the undergraduates under the B-Tech Programme of this department. The department also offers 2 years M-Tech and Ph.D. programmes to the graduates. Overall, the department provides a multidisciplinary research and training program in Biotechnology and Medical Engineering.
PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHMENT:
The department was set up to advance and spread knowledge in the area of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering through multidisciplinary teaching and research; thereby producing quality engineers and technologists in the field of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, who would contribute to healthcare, food, energy, and environment.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DEPARTMENT:
This department consists of two branches: Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering. Overall the department integrates all levels of biological and medical sciences with a quantitative, systems-oriented engineering analysis and synthetic approach to enable the students to pursue a career in advanced teaching and research in Biotechnology and Medical engineering field. The faculty members have diverse research interests and they conduct both basic and applied research in diverse areas like Cell & Molecular Engineering, Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials, Bioprocess Engineering, Environmental & Plant Biotechnology, Biomechanics & Bio-transport Engineering, Medical Electronics & Instrumentation etc.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS AND NOTABLE RESEARCH UNDERTAKEN:
Some of the notable research projects undertaken by the department:
- Low-cost bench-top fluorescence microscope with integrated diagnostic algorithm for early cervical cancer risk prediction
- Study for the development and characterisation of immunomodulating functional mango butter based chocolate fortified with curcuminoids and its potential uses
- Development of pH based portable arsenic bio-sensor exploiting arsenic oxidising bacteria
- Preparation of stable self-assembled hybrid nanostructure of bovine a-lactalbumin and egg white lysosome for the evaluation of anti-proliferative activity in multiple cancer cells: Study of simultaneous targeting and anticancer drug delivery application
- Investigation over the biosorption characteristics of toxic dye and metal removal from aqueous solution by novel biomass ‘, ‘Molecular characterization of arsenic transformation mechanism of Arsenite oxidising bacteria isolated from contaminated groundwater of Bihar to elucidate their potential application in as bioremediation. ‘, ‘Development of Nano-composite scaffolds with High Wet Strength for Bone tissue Engineering’. These projects undertaken by experienced faculty members having diverse research interests are funded by DST, SERB, etc. Recently, the department has taken up a project from Ispat General Hospital to develop a diagnostic kit.
To add another feather to its cap, the department has credited many accolades for the institution, notably a publication and two patents. An M-tech student has been endowed with an MSME grant worth INR 6, 00,000. He has also been shortlisted under the Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) Scheme that would cost around 50 lakhs.
Job prospects in the core field are highly dependent on the student’s interests and efforts. Students have been placed in leading core companies through on and off campus placements. Students can also opt for jobs in non-core companies related to the IT, analytics, consulting or finance sector while the research-oriented students opt for higher studies. Companies from healthcare and R&D industries of Biotechnology and Life sciences and non-core companies like Affine Analytics, Cerner Healthcare, Capgemini, ZS Associates, SAP Labs, 3SC Solutions, TCS, Wipro, Rao IIT, etc visit the campus for recruitments. The placement scenario is quite promising and has been strengthening with each passing year. Many of the notable alumni of the institution are currently pursuing their Ph.D. in institutions of national and international repute. Career opportunities for the students interested in research and development in this field abound.
STATEMENT OF THE HOD:
The department has been functioning under the watchful guidance of the HOD Prof.Mukesh Kumar Gupta. According to him
The department has B.Tech. and M.Tech. programs that are distinct from the basic programs such as M.Sc. and Bsc. B.Tech. and M.Tech. programs are industry oriented. Biology is not a requirement to gain entry into the B-tech program. B.Tech. and M.Tech. programs are accredited by the National Board of Affiliation (NBA). We have state-of-art facilities having high end equipments such as electron microscopes, confocal micro electron spinning machine, universal mechanical tester, stem cell facility, etc. and state of the art clean room facility for translation research”.
Team MM wishes each prospective student and the department, the best in all their endeavours.