MS (by Research)/PhD

Research Areas

The department focusses on a wide array of research topics, reflecting the diversity of modern biotechnology. The four thrust areas of Research (M.S. and Ph. D.), are listed here:

biological sciences

Molecular oncology

Cancer immunotherapy

Anti-cancer nutraceuticals

HIV pathogenesis

Stem cell biology

Biomarkers for cardiovascular disease

Recombinant Enzymess

Structure- function relationship of ion channels



Biofuel cells

Biological Engineering

chemical Science

Molecular and cellular basis of cardiovascular complications

Gene regulation in hypertension

Ion channels associated with ischemic heart diseases and stroke

Nanobiotechnology of food packaging

Nucleolar GTPases and cell proliferation

Developmental biology

Pattern formation in cellular slime moulds

Plant developmental genetics

biological engineering

Industrial metabolite production

Metabolic engineering



Biodegradation of polymers

Tissue engineering


Process chromatography

Reactive species in biological systems

Caffeine degradation

Membrane biochemistry

Plant cell bioprocessing


Protein Engineering

Computational Biology

Protein structure, folding and function

Protein dynamics

Computational analysis of protein folding and stability

Binding specificity of protein complexes

Green chemistry

Structure-based drug design & 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

Protein Design

Chemical Biology

Green’ biocatalytic methods for organic transformations

Delivery of siRNAs

Fragment-based drug design

Novel inhibitors against HDACs and HMT

Asymmetric catalysis

Screening Procedure

Entrance exams will happen in four separate streams covering various areas: Biological Sciences will involve aspects of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, etc. Biological Engineering will involve aspects of Biochemical engineering, Downstream Processing, etc. Chemical Sciences will test on aspects of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. Computational Biology will test on aspects of mathematics, bioinformatics and computing.
Candidates will be short-listed for the interview based on performance in the screening test(s). Final decision on selection will be made based on overall performance.
Available MS and PhD research topics


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

Biotech Research Legislators :
Amrish P
Roshan M S B

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