About Us

The Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) was established in November 2002 to contribute the fascinating and emerging area of biological sciences. It has both undergraduate (B.Tech.) and postgraduate (M.Tech. and Ph.D.) academic programmes. The Department is unique in North-Eastern India, imparting quality education and providing an excellent research environment through its ongoing programmes. It imparts training for students to make them competent, motivated engineers and scientists. The department has 36 faculty members from diverse streams and specializations. The department has developed extensive research facility and infrastructure to support the ongoing teaching and research initiatives.

The major thrust of the department includes biochemical engineering, Enzyme and Microbial Technology, tissue engineering, plant biotechnology, nanobiotechnology, computational biology, cancer biology, infectious diseases and proteomics. The department has initiated efforts to establish advanced research laboratories in all the thrust areas. Apart from fundamental research, the department aims to meet the targeted demands to cater the requirements of biotechnology based industries.


Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at IIT Guwahati, was founded as a new departmental academic unit in 2002, with the mission of defining and establishing a new discipline incorporating life sciences with engineering, dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and committed to provide quality education that combines intense academic study and excitement of discovery. We place great emphasis on the teaching and supervision of young minds and help them develop skills to independently address and solve problems in an interdisciplinary context.


The goal of this discipline is to advance fundamental understanding of how biological systems operate and to develop effective biology-based technologies for applications across a wide spectrum of societal needs through research and education. The innovative educational programmes reflect this emphasis on integrating life sciences with a quantitative, systems-oriented engineering analysis and synthesis approach, offering opportunities at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level for the M.Tech and Ph.D.

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