Basic Research in Modern Biology

Basic Research is the backbone of technology driven economy. The investment in basic research of technology development leads to research innovation, invention and product development. However, the basic research for biotechnology is directed not only towards understanding the fundamental biotechnological challenges based on fundamental processes & mechanism of cellular biology as well as their application for the benefits of the mankind. The basic research in biotechnology domain might require a distinction from the basic research in life science for the development of better tools, processes and technology. Department of Biotechnology is constantly supporting the basic research in life sciences at various institutions levels such as colleges, universities and R&D institutions in order to create knowledge driven biotech sector. DBT’s thrust is on supporting the basic science for applying them to resolve fundamental biological questions for the benefit of the biotech industrials sector.


The overall objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • Understanding fundamental biological processes/mechanism
  • Basic Research leading to application of fundamental concepts
  • Encouraging the discovery enabled and use inspired research

Outcome of last three years:

No. of Publications- 445

No. of patents filed/granted - 15

No. of manpower trained- 760

No. of technologies developed/licensed/commercialized/Start-up created: 04

Any major facilities supported/created:

DBT-IISc Partnership programme is being supported under the programme to nurture biology research and human resource training. Details of the Programme are as below:

DBT-IISc Partnership Program Phase-II at IISc, Bengaluru (2019-2021)

DBT-IISc Partnership Program Phase-II at IISc, Bengaluru has been supported to nurture biology research and human resource training. The Phase-II of the DBT-IISc program was initiated in 2019 to propel biology research to a higher level and has expanded on the interdisciplinary research (chemical sciences, physics and mathematical sciences, and engineering disciplines) within IISc. The financial support from DBT has been critical in upgrading the core and other support facilities essential for modern biology research. The availability of confocal microscopes, biacore facility, mass spectrometry facility, central animal facility, biosafety level-3, SPR Facility, X-ray Crystallography Facility and fluorescence activated cell sorter have raised the level of biology research at IISc., Bengaluru. The rapidly changing experimental tools form essential components of the contemporary biology research, and these facilities at IISc, cater to the needs of researchers from all over the country. In the current programme, research in four major areas of biology has been supported i.e. i) Disease biology with special reference to infectious diseases, cancer and brain disorders, ii) Biological function and form through complex interactions, iii) Bio-molecular structure function and design, and iv) Ecological and evolutionary processes across multiple scales and levels of organization. The research work and facilities supported have brought out more than 240 research articles in reputed journals. Three International and six National patents have also been filed and four technologies have been developed.

Concerned Officer for more information

Programme Head Dr. Suchita Ninawe, Scientist G
Email sninawe[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
Phone No. 011-24363722
Programme Scientist Dr. Shahaj Uddin Ahmed, Scientist E
Email shahaj[dot]ahmed[at]nic[dot]in
Phone No. 011-24364065
Attached Scientist Dr. Richi V Mahajan, Scientist 'C’
Email rv[dot]mahajan[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
Phone No. 011-24360295