Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research


Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research

IIT Bombay and Monash University both have an exceptional record of excellence in biotechnology and stem cell research. The IIT Bombay Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering is a recognized centre of excellence, furthering multidisciplinary research in biology-related areas. The Australian Stem Cell Centre located at Monash University conducts cutting-edge research to develop innovative therapeutic products to treat a range of serious injuries and debilitating diseases. The IITB-Monash Research Academy is harnessing this collective expertise to develop considerable research capability in this area.

 

Areas of expertise
  • Fluid mechanics of circulation
  • Bioreactors
  • Scaffolding for stem cells
  • Medical diagnostics
  • New vaccines
New life-saving drug

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome is a life-threatening complication caused by lung injury. Leaking of blood cells into the lungs inhibits the function of the natural lung surfactant, but herbal oil based surfactants developed by the IIT Bombay School of Biosciences and Bioengineering can reverse this inhibition acting as a life-saving drug. Herbal oil surfactant replacements have also been achieved for Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a critical condition seen in premature babies. Efforts are now underway to develop tailor-made therapeutic surfactants for several other respiratory diseases.