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By Prof. Tapas Kumar Maiti, Prof. Suman Chakraborty   |   IIT Kharagpur

Biomicrofluidics is an interdisciplinary domain that fuses microfluidics/ nanofluidics with the science of living systems, having outstanding applications in multifarious domain ranging from medical diagnostics to targeted drug delivery. It is an emerging field of research which today, is not only helping in the understanding of diseases from an engineering perspective, but also aiding in the development of inexpensive, portable, diagnostic platforms that can predict whether a person is carrying a disease, even from a small drop of body fluid, at the remotest of locations. Biomicrofluidics, primarily rests on the pillars of cellular and molecular biology and microscale fluid mechanics. The understanding of any subject in its entirety is often incomplete without knowledge and tools derived from other disciplines. This course is thus intended to give engineers an overview of the biology of the cell and at the same time, biologists, a lucid understanding of fluidic transport processes at the microscale. Eventually, this course aims to demonstrate how the amalgamation of Biology and Engineering is leading to a growing body of knowledge about progression of diseases and the development of simpler replacements of tedious biological assay procedures including affordable point-of-care diagnostic kits.

Any engineering/Biology discipline

Learners enrolled: 600


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 17 Aug 2020
End Date : 11 Sep 2020
Exam Date : 18 Oct 2020
Enrollment Ends : 17 Aug 2020
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1 :  Introduction to Biomicrofluidics
    Engineers’ guide to the cell 
                    Fluidics in living systems and mechanobiology 
                    Pressure driven flows 

    Week 2 :  Surface tension driven flows
    Modulating surface tension
    Lab on a CD
    Introduction to Electrokinetics

    Week 3 :  Microfluidic cell culture 
    On-chip cellular assay techniques
    Microfluidics for understanding biology
     Week 4 :  Organ-on-a-chip 
    Lab-on-a-chip for genetic analysis
                     Microfluidic technology for monoclonal antibody production




    Prof. Tapas Kumar Maiti

    IIT Kharagpur
    Prof. Tapas Kumar Maiti is a Professor in the Biotechnology Department of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India, since 1995. He is a biochemist by training, working on natural anti-cancer lectins, immunomodulatory mushroom glucans, tissue engineering, biomicrofluidics-based understanding of cancer progression, as well as development of microfluidic chip-based cancer-screening devices and drug-testing models. He teaches the courses Biochemistry, Down Stream Processing, Immunology, Metabolic Engineering, Enzyme Technology at the undergraduate level and Immunotechnology, Bioseparation and Bioprocess Technology at the post-graduate level. He received the UNESCO-SGM-IUMS Fellowship in 2003-2004 for visiting Foreign Laboratory. He has 210+ publications in International Journals, 75+ published abstracts in Conference proceedings, 3 book chapters, 1 awarded patent and 4 filed patents.

    Prof. Suman Chakraborty

    Dr. Suman Chakraborty is currently a Prof essor in the MechanicalEngineering Department as well as an Institute Chair Professor of theIndian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, and the Head of th eSchool of Medical Science and Technology. He is also the AssociateDean for Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy. His cu rrentareas of research include microflu idics, nanofluidics, micro-nano scaletransport, with particular focus o n biomedical applications. He has beenawarded the Santi Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in the year 2013, which isthe highest Scientific Award from the Government of India. He has beenelected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the RoyalSociety of Chemistry, Fellow of ASME, Fellow of all the Indian NationalAcademies of Science and Engineering, recipient of the Indo-USResearch Fellowship, Scopus Young S cientist Award for high citation ofhis research in scientific/technical Journals, and Young Scientist/ YoungEngineer Awards from various National Academies of Science andEngineering. He has also been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, and avisiting Professor at th e Stanford University. He h as 380+ Journal publications.


    The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 18 October 2020 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


    Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
    Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

    Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

    Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

    Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

    Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

    - NPTEL team