The Mehta Family Foundation and the India Institute of Technology Madras together created the new school of biosciences. It was inaugurated in 2006 and has been expanding ever since.
The Department of Biotechnology at IIT Madras is housed in the ‘Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences’ sponsored by the Mehta Family Foundation. The Department was founded in 2004 with a vision to be recognized as a center of international repute with strong interdisciplinary research and teaching base in biological sciences and engineering and an active collaboration with industries and health-care institutions. Currently the department has 31 faculty members, about 250 under graduate students, 190 Ph.D. and 20 M.S. Research Scholars, associated staff and Adjunct Faculty.
The Foundation has funded an additional building to house more equipment and laboratories. With this program the Foundation continues to lead in creating technical skills and opportunities needed in the expanding fields of biotechnology and biosciences. The Bioscience Block 2 accommodates special facilities such as an Animal House and a Cancer Tissue Bank. The major additions in Block 2 are the National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB) and the Animal House.
The NCTB, a state-of-the-art community-based tissue bank, is a joint initiative of The Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Government of India. It collects cancer tissue samples and documents information about the patient medical history and treatments. The NCTB is first of its kind facility in India and aiming to provide researchers with high quality of cancer tissues and the patient data in order to facilitate cancer research that will lead to improvements in targeted cancer diagnosis and treatment for India.
The Animal House is mainly used for research in the Medical Biotechnology area for Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, HIV, Tuberculosis and Stem Cell Biology. The small animal facility has facilities for using rats, mice, rabbit and guinea pigs. The Animal house fills the needs for preclinical testing and is an catalyst for advancements in Medical biotechnology.
The Mehta Family Foundation has provided an evolving ecosystem by sponsoring Annual PAN-IIT Biotech Conferences and engaging international experts to provide guidance to the School of Biosciences.
The School has expanded from cancer research into computational and chemical biology, along with biological engineering.
School of Biosciences Block B (Construction Completed 2017)