The Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras

MFF established the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT Madras) in 2006.   The fully-funded facilities provide the department the infrastructure it needs to advance its goal of bringing cutting edge biotechnology research and scholarship to India. Currently the department has 31 faculty members, about 235 under graduate students, 186 Ph.D. and 20 M.S. Research Scholars, associated staff and Adjunct Faculty.

IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 550 faculty, 8,000 students, and 1,250 administrative and support staff.

The MFF-funded Block A serves as the school’s primary structure and houses several core facilities, classrooms, and specialized research labs. Also funded by MFF, Block B is home to the National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB) and dedicated research centers and labs. NCTB, a state-of-the-art community-based tissue bank, is a joint initiative of The Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences and the Government of India. The research center collects cancer tissue samples and documents patient medical history and treatments. NCTB is the first research center of its kind in India.

The IIT Madras Department of Biotechnology conducts research activities in the areas of biological sciences, biological engineering, computational biology, and chemical biology. The department, with 31 faculty members, strives to fight diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, HIV, and tuberculosis and has produced breakthroughs in stem cell biology. The department has graduated 850 students, including 575 masters and doctoral candidates.