The Biomedical Engineering at IIT Hyderabad is where the boundaries between disciplines fade for defining excellence in research and education. The primary mission of the department is to foster interdisciplinary work of highest quality by bringing together a broad spectrum of expertise under a single umbrella to focus on research in Biomedical engineering. IIT Hyderabad is devoted to making this interdisciplinary dream a reality through recruiting leading edge researchers in various field of Biomedical, nano and biotechnology, biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, biosensors, computational biology, biophysics and neurosciences to the department. By converging the engineering expertise in analytical and experimental methods to biological and medical sciences, we aim at unveiling the unseen in biology and innovations in technology that can be translated to clinical health care. We also aim at promoting biomedical engineering at a national level through understanding and solving problems in access and quality of health care. Currently BME@IITH have set up research labs to carry out experimental and theoretical computational research work in Biomedical imaging and Optics, Biomicrofluidics, Nanobiosensing and Lab on a Chip applications, Biomaterials, Stem cells and regenerative medicine, Nanomedicine and Neurosciences and Neuroengineering.
Biomedical Imaging and Optics group lead by Dr. Renu John works on Novel non-invasive bio-imaging techniques, Coherence and low coherence imaging and microscopy techniques, Targeted molecular imaging and Biophotonics applications in point of care diagnostics.
Micro and Nanoscale flows and particle/cell interactions, Biomolecule transport and Mesoscale Properties, Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) simulation, Micro-nano Fabrication of Lab-on-a Chip devices for biosensing applications are main areas of research of the Biomicrofluidics team headed by DrHarikrishnan.
Dr. Subha N. Rath and his research team at the Regenerative Medicine and Stem cell (RMS) Laboratory works at the interface of Biomaterials and its practical applications in areas like Tissue engineering. They work on characterization and application of novel biomaterials, their interaction with mesenchymal stem cell, and their in vitro and in vivo testing. The group works with mesenchymal stem cells, cancer derived stem cells, endothelial cells; and tries to understand their interaction and differentiation potential in 3D microenvironment of biomaterials.
Dr. Jyotsnendu Giri leading the Engineering Nanomaterials and Regenerative Medicine lab (eNaRM) works in the areas such as Regenerative Medicine, Oral Care, Diagnostic and Therapeutic, Drug and Biomolecules delivery. Delivery of therapeutic biomolecules (protein, DNA, siRNA and viral vectors) from polymeric drug delivery systems (DDS) offer potential therapeutic solutions for a wide range of life threatening diseases, medical conditions as well as in regenerative medicine. Dr Giri aims at designing and developing novel biomaterials for tissue regeneration, oral care, point-of-care diagnostics and therapeutics, and understanding nano-bio interface sciences.
Dr. Mohan Raghavan leads the computational neuroscience (CNS) group. The primary pursuit of the CNS group is to develop and test models of various neurological structures and processes, to explain observed behaviour and experiments. Some of the questions being actively considered in the lab are the role of electrical synapses in the developing motor system, building multiscale computational model of the zebra fish motor system, neural circuits for decision making and countermanding and sensory motor entrainment.
BME also hosts Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Ramana Vinjamuri from Steven Institiute of Technology, NY, USA who works in the area of Human Brain-Machine Interfaces and Visiting Adjunct Professor Dr. Sikandar Shaikh, Consultant Radiologist (Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad).