School of Bio and Chemical Engineering

School of Bio and Chemical Engineering

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Welcome to the School of Bio and Chemical Engineering!

The School of Bio and Chemical Engineering is committed to provide the students with a wide range of opportunities in the modern world. The School of Bio and Chemical Engineering comprises of Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics and Chemical Engineering departments. The various undergraduate programs offered by the school include B.Tech. in Biotechnology, B.Tech. in Biomedical Engineering, B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, B.Sc. Biotechnology, B.Sc. Microbiology, B.Sc. Biochemistry and B.Sc. Data Science and Bioinformatics. To promote higher education, the following postgraduate programs are also offered by the school; M.Tech. in Biotechnology, M.Tech. in Medical Instrumentation and M.Sc. in Data Science and Bioinformatics. The school fosters Ph.D. in bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and life sciences.

The departments are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to empower the students compete in the global arena. The school aims to inculcate the students with value education and ample practical skills. The strength of the departments lies in the academic laboratories with adequate instrumentation to impart practical technical skills to the students. A wide range of laboratories including the basic Biochemistry laboratory to the advanced Molecular Biology laboratory reinforces theoretical knowledge. The Chemical engineering laboratories comprising of Environmental Engineering laboratory, Mass transfer laboratory, Fluid mechanics laboratory and Chemical reaction engineering laboratory aids in practical learning. The Biosciences laboratory along with the Electronic devices laboratory and Biotherapeutic laboratory ensures effective learning of Biomedical concepts. A biocomputing laboratory satisfies the need for computer-enhanced technical knowledge transfer. The faculty members publish research papers in impactful journals in synergy with research centres. A central research facility - CBiRD (Centre for Bioresource Research and Development) is a place for promoting research amongst the faculty and students.

The School has entered an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with various industries wherein collaborative research and training for students in real-time under industry conditions are provided. A steady placement record of the school, above 90% every year, provides a direction for the aspiring graduates. The study abroad programme ensures a launchpad for the students who would want to pursue higher studies abroad. In coordination with the Technology Business Incubator cell of Sathyabama, young entrepreneurs are nurtured leading to startups. By promoting extracurricular activities (NSS, NCC, YRC and other student development cell activities) the school ensures all-round development in the students.

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Programme Offered




  • B.Tech. - Biotechnology
  • B.Tech - Biomedical
  • B.Tech - Chemical
  • B.Sc - Biotechnology
  • B.Sc - Microbiology
  • B.Sc - BioChemistry
  • B.Sc- Bioinformatics and Data Science
  • B.Sc -Medical Lab Technology
  • B.Sc -Clinical and Nutrition and Dietetics




  • M.Tech - Biotechnology
  • M.Tech - Medical Instrumentation
  • M.Sc- Bioinformatics and Data Science




  • Ph.D in all disciplines

The Department of Biotechnology has made a significant  leap in to the research field with many extramurally funded projects from funding agencies such as the  DBT DST with our esteemed faculty  at the level of Principal Investigator and  Co-principal investigators.  More than 50 research scholars are pursuing  their Ph.D. in different fields of Biology.  Faculty members and research scholars are continuously involved in publishing their research work in highly reputed peer reviewed journals of impact factors and are actively participating in various Conferences and Faculty Development Programs. The department also hosts many professional association activities such as the Indian Association of Applied Microbiology, Association of Microbiologist in India  and Indian Association of Microbiology.

State of Art Laboratories
Placement Percentage


  • Funded Projects
  • Publications
  • Patents
Funded Projects

Extramural funds from various agencies like DST, DBT, CSIR, AICTE, UGC and ICMR help in promoting research amongst the academic faculty. Also the funds aid in enhancing the research facilities and encourages research temperament in the minds of the younger generation.


Quality research results in the publications that in turn has an impact amongst the scientific community. Publications communicate the novel research that is being carried out and thereby enhances collaboration. Research articles also remains a resource for the younger generation to enhance their research attitude.


Innovative ideas and novel compounds result in patents. New technologies as a result of societal needs demand innovation. Patents provide validation of innovation and also enthuses the student community which is vibrant in thought to come up with innovative and novel ideas and products.

  • The department of Biotechnology envisages to empower the students with analytical skills and to create an ethical workforce, competent to transform the future with social consciousness on par with global standards.
  • To enable the students to acquire technical skills in core aspects of Biotechnologies pertaining to the development of innovative technologies.
  • To increase the employability of students by exposing them to various industrial, academic and research environment.
  • To inculcate leadership and inter-personal skills by involving students in diversified activities.
  • To instill the societal and ethical responsibility in our students.
Program Educational Objectives (PEO's)
  • PEO1: To prepare globally competent graduates having strong fundamentals, domain knowledge, updated with modern technology to provide effective solutions for engineering problems.
  • PEO2: To mould committed and motivated graduates with research attitude, lifelong learning, investigative approach and multidisciplinary thinking.
  • PEO3: To prepare the graduates with strong managerial and communication skills to work efficiently as individual as well as in teams.
  • PEO4: To acquaint the graduates to work as a committed professional with strong professional ethics and values, sense of responsibilities, understanding of legal, safety, health, societal, cultural and environmental issues.
Program Outcomes(PO'S)
  • PO1 - Engineering knowledge: Apply knowledge of fundamentals of biological sciences, arithmetic, technological and problem-solving skills to the solution of complex technological problems.
  • PO2 - Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, research literature, and analyse technological problems to arrive at substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, biological and engineering sciences.
  • PO3 - Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex engineering / technological problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal and environmental considerations.
  • PO4 - nvestigation: Conduct investigations of complex technological problems including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information to provide valid conclusions.
  • PO5 - Modern tool usage: Create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resource, and cutting-edge technologies including prediction and modeling, to complex engineering / technological activities, with an understanding of the limitations.
  • PO6 - The engineer and society: Contribute towards the society, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and understanding the responsibilites relevant to engineering practice on a global aspect.
  • PO7 - Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of engineering / technological solutions in a societal context and demonstrate knowledge of and need for sustainable development.
  • PO8 - Ethics: Understand and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice.
  • PO9 - Individual and team work: Function effectively by undertaking responsibility as an individual and as a member or leader in diverse teams in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • PO10 - Communication: Articulate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community in public platform and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  • PO11 - Project management and finance: Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of biotechnological and management practices, understanding their limitations and applying these to one’s own work or to manage projects and multidisciplinary environment.
  • PO12 - Life-long learning: Identify the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning on technological changes.
Programme Specific Objectives (PSO's)
  • PSO1: Conceptualize and implement solutions for the technical problems in the healthcare domain and environment.
  • PSO2: Validate high throughput technologies, in-vivo and in-vitro cell and tissue culture techniques thereby meet the global research standards.
  • PSO3: Exemplify bioprocess techniques enabling novel technological advancements leading to bioentrepreneurship.
Department Highlights
  • DST-FIST sponsored department (Rs.80 crores)
  • Consistent 90% placement record
  • Study abroad programme
  • Sathyabama Technology Business Incubator collaborated startups
  • Memorandum of Understanding with various Industries
  • Department H index of 21
  • Extramural projects to the tune of Rs.2.5 Crores
  • Excellent Academic Infrastructure
  • Curriculum with focus on industrial needs
  • Granted Patents from the department - 15
  • Extensive book bank
  • Fee Waiver scholarship for meritorious students
  • Training for in-house projects
  • Collaboration with research centres
  • Professional training (Internship) inclusive curriculum
  • Skill development activities
  • IAS coaching (Jeppiaar IAS Academy)
  • GATE coaching
  • Foreign language training
  • Outreach programmes
  • NPTEL courses and publications by advanced learners
  • Rigorous Placement training
  • Workshop, Seminar and Symposia for research enhancement

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology places emphasize on co-curricular and extracurricular activities These activities are student centered and primarily aims to supplement regular curricular activities.Its goal is to represent the student body in making the study experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.

International Relations

Centre for Academic Partnership & International Relations is an initiative of Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology devoted to promote academic alliances with Universities and Institutes at National and International level. The Centre establishes a link through Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate Research Collaboration, Student Exchange Programmes and Faculty Exchange Programmes.


  • Collaboration and MOU's
  • Facilities

The department of Biotechnology collaborates with research institutions and industries to promote joint research activities and consultancy. The department has a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the following organizations;

  1. Einnel Technologies, Chennai.
  2. Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai.
  3. Knowledge Centre for Innovation Integrity and Implementation, Chennai.
  4. Lifecell International Private Ltd, Chennai.
  5. Y R Gaitonde Medical, Educational and Research Foundation, Chennai.
  6. Biozone Technologies, Chennai.

Centre for Bioresource Research and Development  - (CBiRD)

The Centre for Bioresource Research and Development (CBiRD) was established in 2009 to promote research in the department. Its objective is to meet the requirements of faculty members and students of the entire institute in terms of collaborative research in biotechnology. The Centre houses exclusive facilities for Molecular Biology, Transcriptomics, Plant tissue culture and Microbial technology. The faculty members and students utilize the facility for their project work and short term training needs. The Centre also shares the resources with other departments in the institute.



The Molecular Biology Laboratory consists Of Stereozoom Microscope and Thermocycler (PCR Machine). Research in this laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate Dopamine Neurogenesis During Development and Regeneration. In Zebrafish with the aid of genetic and Molecular Tools.



  • The students take up NPTEL courses the credits of which will be transferred.
  • Life Cell Technologies is a major training centre for students.
  • Biozone Technologies is a centre for research associated with the department where students are trained in short term hands-on workshops.



The Department of Biotechnology is furnished with well developed and active Biosciences and Bioengineering Laboratories. These provide an able platform for the demonstration of practical knowledge and enrichment of research activities. The Basic Biosciences Laboratories include Biochemistry, Immunology, Cytogenetics, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Laboratories. The department is also facilitated with Bioprocess Engineering, Genetic Engineering, Plant and Animal Tissue culture Laboratories, Project Lab I & II, Research Lab (Centre for Bioresources Research and Development) and FIST funded AFM Lab (International Research Centre) to encourage and equip faculty and students keeping abreast with the growing technologies. All the laboratories are maintained and highlighted by high-end equipments and chemicals meeting both Research and Industrial needs.

List of Programme- Specific Laboratories

  • Molecular Biology Lab
  • Plant Tissue culture Lab
  • BioProcess Engineering  Lab-I
  • BioProcess Engineering  Lab-II
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Animal Tissue Culture Lab
  • Biochemistry Lab
  • Microbiology  Lab
  • Immunology Lab
  • Cytogenetics Lab

Other Facilities

  • Project Lab-I
  • Project Lab –II
  • Research Lab
  • FIST funded AFM LAB (International Research Centre)

Molecular Biology  & Genetic Engineering Lab

Molecular Biology Lab

Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering lab offer students an opportunity to have hands-on training in basic as well as advanced molecular biology techniques. The experiments conducting in this lab will be based on isolation, separation and staining of nucleic acids as well as independent usage of modern genetic engineering tools like PCR, restriction mapping, cloning and hybridization. The lab is well equipped with Thermal cycler, spectrophotometer, water baths, centrifuges and incubators.

Plant Tissue Culture Lab

Plant tissue culture Lab

The plant tissue culture laboratory consists of a media preparation room, transfer room, and a culture room which are well maintained to keep the lab sterile.  The Lab provides the facility for culturing isolated cells or tissues under sterile and controlled conditions obtained from any part of the plant like stem, leaf, flower bud, etc.  Various types of tissues or cells are grown aseptically in different types of glass-wares containing a medium with mineral nutrients, vitamins and plant growth regulators. Tissue Culture techniques are being employed in this laboratory to give hands-on learning experience to the students in using a set of techniques/methodologies that can be applied in tissue culture industries as well as in research labs.

Bioprocess Engineering Lab

Bioprocess Lab

Bioprocess laboratory giving exposure to the students for Media Optimization, Growth kinetics  Enzyme kinetics and Immobilization techniques. It also trains the students in Various techniques of Downstream processing like Sonication, Homogenization and chromatographic techniques which helps the students to come out with a wide knowledge and skills.

Animal Tissue Culture Lab 


Animal Tissue culture Lab

Animal and human cell culture methods lead to more breakthroughs in medical Biotechnology, including the production of vaccine, recombinant proteins, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), and cells for transplantation. Cell culture refers to the culture of nucleated (eukaryotic) cells under prescribed conditions within the laboratory. Cell culture laboratory designed for the maintenance, preservation of cells and observation of cell morphology in cell biology works. Cell culture models can be used to test the potency and cellular toxicity of a biological therapy. There are several advantages, such as inarticulate manipulation of research conditions and significantly lesser costs. Students get hands on training in maintainance and preservation of cell lines, cytotoxicity analysis and genotoxic assays.

Biochemistry & Immunology  Lab

Biochemistry and Immunology

Biochemistry Laboratory provides a platform for the investigation of the chemistry of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. It provides avenues to explore chemical changes in disease, drug action, and other aspects of medicine, as well as in nutrition, genetics, and agriculture. The students are trained to carry out both qualitative and quantitative analysis of various biomolecules and understand their scope in research and industry.

Immunology Laboratory provides opportunities for the students to understand the physiological functioning of the components of immune system in states of both health and diseases. The students are trained to carry out blood grouping, blood cell counting, antigen-antibody reactions and immunochemical techniques.

Microbiology & Cytogenetics Lab


Microbiology and Cytogenetics Lab

 Microbiology Laboratory is providing the primary practical exposure knowledge on isolation techniques, characterization, Microbial quality analysis, Antibiotic sensitivity tests for Undergraduates and Masters of technology. This laboratory is equipped with biologically safety cabinets that provide an aseptic environment for the culturing, autoclave, hot air oven (sterilization of materials), incubator, orbital shaker (providing for optimum growth conditions. The students will experimentally demonstrate the knowledge gained from the Microbiology theory course. The students are encouraged to perform the experiments and interpret the results with the standard microbiological criteria.

Cytogenetics Laboratory focuses on the visualization of cells, cell staining techniques, observation of different stages of mitosis and meiosis in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and karyotyping.


Highlights of the Course Curriculum

  • Choice Based Credit System
  • Choice of Faculty for a course
  • Professional Training courses
  • Semester Abroad Programme
  • Non Credit Courses imparting ethics
  • Orientation / Induction programme
  • Proficiency modules
  • Credit transfer from certificate courses
  • Value added courses
  • Integrated placement training


Guest Lectures

The department of Biotechnology has an extensively integrated curriculum that caters to the needs of the industry in the future. However, the curriculum does have some gaps that have been identified by the faculty during the course delivery. To address these gaps a series of guest lectures by eminent people from the industry are conducted.



Also, students get a chance to interact with the guests to the department personally and clarify on their apprehensions. Many of the International conferences conducted in the campus attract guests from reputed institutions abroad with whom the students interact regularly.




Students of Biotechnology Department participate in various club activities in order to get an exposure about group activities and beyond syllabus technical exposure.
A glimpse the activities participated by students are given below:

Students of Biotechnology exhibited various fermented foods and demonstrated the procedure to produce the fermented foods on during the 19th to 21st AUGUST 2019. They also projected the health benefits of the fermented foods to the participants.

  • Grape Wine production
  • Strawberry wine
  • Jambul wine
  • Rose wine
  • Kimchi of Korean
  • Flavored Yogurt
  • Sauerkraut of Russian
  • Ginger Beer
  • Rice wine
  • Bread
  • Lemon Pickle
  • Mango pickle
  • Prawn pickle
  • Idly
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Students and Staff of the Department of Biotechnology conducted SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2019.

Topics covered were mushroom cultivation, aquaculture, vermicomposting, preparation of panchakavya and seaweed fertilizer, soap preparation, millet cookies, Spirulina and artemia cultivation.

Professional activities
Professional Body  Description  Logo
Bionove Bionove is a student forum which releases a quarterly newsletter fully edited and compiled by the students of the Biotechnology department  bionove

IAAM Indian Association of Applied Microbiologist iaam

IEI Institute of Engineers (India) iei


Events organized in association with professional bodies

National workshop on Techniques in Biotechnology (NWTBT)


National workshop on Agricultural waste utilization for sustainable environment

Semester Abroad Programme

With a plethora of opportunities abroad the students of the Biotechnology programme are highly encouraged to venture into countries abroad with institutions who have signed a memorandum of understanding with us. The students pursue a summer/winter internship abroad.


Our students also do their final year project work in institutions abroad which serves as a launchpad for their higher studies.

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The placement training for the students starts as early as the first year and is blended along with the regular curriculum. The students are trained in the core areas of Biotechnology along with aptitude, logical reasoning and soft skills as expected by the industries. To refine their language skills and communication skills an English language training is provided.

Most of the students get placed in software technology companies which have a separate life sciences division. Also the core companies place the students as trainee engineers to start their career.

 The following companies visit the campus for placement:



Distinguished Alumni

Ms.Sahiti Kuppa(2013), Pursuing Ph.D., St.Louis University, USA
Mr.Shreyas Sridharan(2012), CEO, Aashman Solar, Tamilnadu, India
Mr.Gandhi Perumal(2012), Co-Founder, The Perfect Day, USA
Ms.Aishwarya M(2015), Application Scientist, Dynamic Biosensors, USA.
Mr.Vegneshwaran V(2014). Ramakrishnan, St.John's, Canada