Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences (Madras)
In 2006, the Mehta Family Foundation (MFF) and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) established the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences to bring cutting-edge biotechnology research and scholarship to India.
Bioscience is a diverse field of study that focuses on living organisms, from minuscule microbes to gargantuan fungus and everything in between; it encompasses, biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, and related subjects. Research activities taking place at IIT Madras currently focus on medical biotechnology, chemical biology, computational biology, and bioprocesses. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum provides students with an in-depth learning experience and training in research methodologies used to discover new innovations and scientific developments.
The original building for the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences contains several core facilities, specialized research labs, and classrooms. Graduates from the first years of the school have had a marked impact in the biosciences and biotechnology. As demand for graduates in these fields increased, MFF responded by collaborating with IIT Madras to construct a second building, which houses the National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB) and its related research labs. NCTB, the first research center of its kind in India, collects cancer tissue samples and patient data to develop strategies for improving diagnosis and treatment.
In addition to seeking cures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, researchers in the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences are actively engaged in finding solutions to such challenges as meeting the food and water demands of an ever-growing population and addressing environmental threats to the planet.