Driven by curiosity to understand Nature's ingenuity in creation, starting from simple atoms to the generation of molecules, assemblies and their controlled interaction culminating at continuously evolving creatures appears to be a never ending endeavor. We at the Biological Sciences division are striving to play our part towards this journey. We have faculty working in frontier areas such as mycology, protein chemistry, structure based drug design, structural biology of immune receptors and other molecules of medicinal and biological importance.

Areas of Research:

  1. Structural and functional characterization of key enzymes from pathogenic bacteria.
  2. Rational modification of molecules involved in immune check-point-blockade to create lead molecules for immunotherapy.
  3. Endophytic fungi from medicinal plants and their secondary metabolites, bioactive compounds and enzymes.
  4. Chemical modification of therapeutic proteins and drugs using linkers and polyethylene glycol to enhance their activity and half-life.

The biological science division has research facility with more than 6000 sq. ft of lab space.  Molecular biology facility for the cloning, recombinant expression, purification of proteins, characterization and crystallization of key biomolecules at ambient temperature and at 4°C. The department is also equipped with facilities such as microbial isolation, identification of microorganisms, biochemical studies like anti-microbial and anti-oxidant assay systems, plant and microbial secondary metabolites extraction systems.



  • Established in May 2010 the department now consists of a core of five faculty members working in diverse research areas such as Catalysis, Naomaterials, Mesoporous materials, Metal Organic Frameworks etc.
  • The Materials Science laboratories are fully equipped with apparatus and instruments for materials synthesis and characterization.
  • The department holds many grants from Academia and Industry. Bright students passionate for research have been inducted in to the Doctoral Programme and other short term projects.


Broad Areas of Research :

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Novel micro / mesoporous materails for green chemical processes
  • Biomass conversion to value added products
  • Functional nanomaterials for Photocatalytic and Gas sensing applications
  • Upconversion Photoluminescent Nanoparticles for Biological applications
  • Mesoporous Polymers
  • Metal organic frameworks for catalysis, gas adorption and gas sensing


Research Groups:

  1.  Catalysis and Mesoporous Materials Group
  2.  Functional Energy Nanomaterials Group
  3.  Materials Design Group



The division works in the board fields of many-body and mesoscopic physics, nanoscience, quantum information theory, quantum communication, quantum cryptography, the foundations of quantum mechanics, astronomy and astrophysics.

Mission & Goals

  • Study of entanglement in condensed matter and noisy quantum systems.
  • Study and application of quantum cryptography and quantum communication.
  • Understanding physics from a computational and informational standpoint.
  • Understanding philosophical issues (like individuation, identity and free will) from a physics standpoint.
  • Research and E/PO in astronomy and astrophysics

Glimpses of Current Research

  • Dynamics of entanglement: in spin chains, disspative and non-dissipative noisy channels.
  • Classification of quantum cryptographic protocols in quantum mechanics and generalized probability theories.
  • Quantum spin pumping and superconducting quantum dots.
  • Axiomatic approach to quantum mechanics from computation/information theoretic perspective.
  • Quantum mechanical formulation of free will.
  • Bell-Kochen-Specker theorem for identity in quantum mechanics.
  • Contextuality and nonlocality in quantum mechanics.
  • Multi wavelength studies of Gamma-ray bursts, UV Astronomy, Optical spectroscopy of hard X-ray sources, CVs.
  • Fractal and time-series analysis of Solar supergranulation.