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Center of Healthcare Science and Technology

About the Center


The Centre for Healthcare Science and Technology at IIEST, Shibpur has been introduced in year 2010 in erstwhile BESU with an objective to provide interdisciplinary research and training programs encompassing the fields of modern biology, medicine, engineering, physics, chemistry and mathematics etc. to solve important and persistent problems related to public health in the society. CHST, IIEST Shibpur strives to integrate the knowledge base generated in these various fields of study and provide a cross-discipline platform for indigenous innovation in the medical sector.

Interestingly, medical technology is a highly innovation-driven sector witnessing continuous evolution. At the same time, their human application and marketing are preceded by intensive regulatory scrutiny. Thus the bench to bedside process is highly volatile and time-consuming. Presently, extensive global research in the area depict inclination towards a systems approach to understand human physiology under normal and disease conditions, robotizing surgical procedures, miniaturizing devices for non-invasive real-time imaging of biochemical processes, creating intelligent systems for programmed delivery of drugs, genetic therapeutics, and harnessing the potential of stem cells for regenerative medicine. We at CHST, IIEST Shibpur embrace these global trends to evolve local solutions for the national healthcare system wherein exists an immediate and compelling desire for improvement in quality and efficiency.

Vision & Mission


The vision of the Center is to undertake cutting edge research and education in the areas of national healthcare importance and evolving comprehensive and integrative methods for solving the same and to make an impact on sustainable living and affordable healthcare In the process, this will emerge as internationally recognized centre of excellence for intensive teaching and research in areas of biological and biomedical engineering and collaborate with other departments of the institute, industrial enterprises and relevant medical, technological, management, or academic institutions. The centre will follow the principle that most biomedical technologies essentially require intensive participation of different types of stakeholders and appropriate strategies be designed to evolve a model wherein multiple stakeholders can deliver impactful technological outputs. To realize its vision and accomplish its mission, the centre will have the following specific activities: -

  1. Offer PG(2-year) courses in Biomedical Engineering with certain specializations that will focus on emerging areas of Medical Devices Development and Validation, Biosensors, Biomaterials, Biomedical Imaging and Optics, Biomarkers and Diagnostics, Tissue Engineering and Biological Signal Acquisitions, Processing and Control, Biological Machines, Bio-inspired Designing of Machines, Molecular Engineering, Biostatistics and Quantitative Biology etc.
  2. Conduct courses with significant participation from external faculty, industrial and regulatory experts on Technology management, supply chain models for biomedical products, etc.
  3. Offer dynamic PhD courses in relevant areas of expertise. Also to provide customized/flexible PhD Courses to the student(s) of any department of the institute pursuing/ intended to pursue his/her thesis on specific problems in biology.
  4. Integrate the various healthcare and bioscience-related activities of the institute under one roof to better utilize the resources of the Institution and provide a ready platform for informed cross-talk amongst interested workers.
  5. Provide a platform for interaction between medical fraternity with scientists and management experts from neighboring institutions interested to work in identified topics by organizing regular seminar series.
  6. enter into collaborative research engagements with Extra-mural funding agencies and Industrial Organizations for a better understanding of issues of scientific and technological management between different stakeholders.
  7. Explore opportunities of providing courses in concert with extra-mural agencies e.g. CCRH-IIEST Program on Integrative Medicine etc.
  8. Create a congenial ecosystem for biomedical/ sustainable ideas to develop and translate into clinical products.
  9. Facilitate the incubation of business ideas from students and mentor them to develop as entrepreneurs.

Academic Programs


# Title Duration Specializations Curriculum
1 Master of Technology (M. Tech.)
2 years

Safety and Occupational Health

M Tech: 2- Year course on Safety and Occupational Health

2 Master of Technology (M. Tech.)
2 years

Biomedical Engineering

M Tech Biomedical Engineering: a 2-year curriculum

3 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.)

Biomaterials, Neuroscience, Cancer Biology, Microbiology

Research Areas


1 Biomaterials, Biofabrication and Drug Delivery
2 Biomedical Instrumentation & Signal Processing

Prof Tibarewala has about 40 years of professional experience in the field of Biomedical Engineering since April 1977. Over
this span, involvements included Teaching at Post-Graduate and Under-Graduate levels, Organization of
Seminars & Conferences, Development of Laboratories, Coordination of Research Projects,
Development of Biomedical Instrumentation Systems, and; multi-disciplinary applied research in
Rehabilitation Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation, and Bio-Signal Processing.

3 Brain malignancy, Neurodegenerative diseases and therapeutics

Ongoing Research at Neurobiotechnology Laboratory

Development of novel therapeutics to translate laboratory results for a malignant brain tumour and dementia patients using a holistic approach. Our Neurobiotechnology laboratory at IIEST, Shibpur has state of art infrastructural set up to carry out research to develop novel peptide-based therapeutics against cancer metastasis and amyloid based diseases. We work together with Dept of chemistry, computer sc, mathematics at IIEST and with premiere Institutes like CGCRI, Kolkata, JU, CU, IISER, Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur and IICB, Kolkata as well as with well-known clinicians at Hospitals at Kolkata to solve the problem in a multidisciplinary manner. MTech students at this lab have developed electromagnetic devices to treat the above glioblastoma by creating gentle and focused hyperthermia and to treat Alzheimers’ diseases by re-establishing Ca homeostasis.

4 Clinical Microbiology and multidrug resistance

Clinical microbiology Laboratory focuses on basic, translational, and clinical research on antimicrobial resistance of microbial strains that are emerging public health threats such as drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Here, researchers seek to understand the fundamental causes of resistance. Novel investigations are currently being conducted, including those on the basic biology of the organism and disease progression studies, host pathogen interaction as well as the advantages and shortcomings of current antibiotics.

5 Early Cancer detection
6 Functional genomics, RNA interference

The objective of this lab is to understand how cellular pathways, the role of regulatory gene sequences which are reshaped in diseases using new high throughput techniques, protein-protein and genetic interaction mapping platforms and computational approaches for integrating experimental data with larger pictures of pathways and networks. The major focus of the lab is on developing precision therapies in cancer. Role of small regulatory RNAs, RNA interference studies, application of next-generation sequencing is the other areas of focus.

 

 

7 Image Processing
8 Safety and Health Industries

Application of nanotechnology for industrial safety. Safety Hazard modelling. HAZOP Integration. Project Engineering. Air pollution. Materials development. Particulate technology. Non-conventional Energy. Reaction kinetics modelling. Agglomeration.

Effect of Occupational hazards, whole-body vibration on human health and several cardiovascular diseases, CNS diseases and their remedy.

9 Stem Cell and regenerative medicine
  • Algorithms, non-invasive or label-free methods and devices for early screening/ diagnosis in cancer
  • Cancer bioenergetics
  • Stem cell mechanotransduction and regenerative medicine
10 Tissue engineering, Implant designing and 3D printing

Our principal area of focus is to fabricate functional materials for medical implants/ devices applications. We seek to understand material properties that influence cellular behaviour, explore different advanced fabrication techniques and undertake means to evolve quantitative relations for explaining cell-material interactions.

We extensively employ the electrospinning and bioprinting technique to generate nano- and microstructures containing bioactive agents for wound healing, hemostasis, tissue engineering and cellular actuation applications.

11 Vascular Biology

We are interested in cells and blood vessels in relation to human disease; mainly Stroke, Aging and other Neurodegenerative Diseases, Tumor microenvironment and Tissue Regeneration.

Especially, endothelial cells, pericytes, smooth muscle cells, astrocytes, microglia, neurons and oligodendrocytes along with extracellular matrix, the complete vascular repertoire is of particular interest. We explore various molecular biology, advanced microscopy techniques to address various research questions.

Contact Us


Contact our HOD for more information

Prof. Amitava Basu Mallick

Email: hod@chest.iiests.ac.in
abasumallick@metal.iiests.ac.in
Phone: +91 - 33 - 26684561 Ext.240