Admissions (2011 December)

Applications are invited for admission to the Masters in Science by research (M. S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) programmes starting in December 2011. The flyer for the admissions can be viewed here.

Research Areas

The department focusses on a wide array of research topics, reflecting the diversity of modern biotechnology. Research opportunities (M.S. and Ph. D.) are available in several faculty labs, in four thrust areas, as follows:

I. Biological Sciences

Molecular oncology • Cancer immunotherapy • Anti-cancer nutraceuticals • HIV pathogenesis • Stem cell biology • Biomarkers for cardiovascular disease • Gene regulation in hypertension • Molecular and cellular basis of cardiovascular complications • Structure- function relationship of ion channels • Ion channels associated with ischemic heart diseases and stroke • Nanoparticles • Nanobiotechnology of food packaging • Nucleolar GTPases and cell proliferation • Pattern formation in cellular slime moulds • Plant developmental genetics • Recombinant Enzymes • Biofuel cells • Biorefinery

II. Chemical Sciences

'Green' biocatalytic methods for organic transformations • Delivery of siRNAs • Fragment-based drug design • Novel inhibitors against HDACs and HMT • Asymmetric catalysis

III. Bioprocess & Biomedical Engineering

Industrial metabolite production • Metabolic engineering • Biopolymers • Biocompatibility • Biodegradation of polymers • Tissue engineering • Caffeine degradation • Membrane biochemistry • Plant cell bioprocessing • Phytoremediation • Biofuels • Process chromatography • Reactive species in biological systems

IV. Computational Biology

Protein structure and function • Protein dynamics • Computational analysis of protein folding and stability • Binding specificity of protein complexes • Green chemistry • Structure-based drug design and discovery • Comparative genomics • Computational modelling of neurodegenerative disorders • Computational systems biology • Development and analysis of databases and tools • Computational biophysics • GPGPU computing for systems biology

Eligibility Criteria

M. S. (by research) programme

  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Pharmacy/Medicine and Allied Sciences with a good academic record and a valid GATE score.

Ph. D. programme

  • Candidates with a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology with a good academic record or a Master’s degree by Research in Engineering/Technology with a good academic record.
  • Candidates with Master’s degree in Sciences/Pharmacy/Medicine and Allied Sciences with a good academic record or a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology with an exceptional academic record and with a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR NET/NBHM/ICMR-JRF/DBT-JRF or equivalent qualification.

Admissions Procedure

Candidates will have to submit an online application form, indicating their preferred area of research (Biological Sciences/Bioprocess & Biomedical Engineering/Chemical Sciences/Computational Biology). Candidates will then be short-listed for an entrance examination in the subject of their chosen area of research. Short-listed candidates from the entrance examination will be called for an interview. A final decision on selection will be made based on overall

Important Dates

21st October 2011 Last date for submission of online application forms
16th-18th November Entrance examination & Interviews for M. S./Ph. D.
21st December M. S. & Ph. D. admissions


Admissions Committee
Department of Biotechnology
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - 600 036
Tel: +91-44-2257-4100
E-mail: admissions_bt AT biotech dot iitm dot ac dot in