The Department of Biophysics
The Department of Biophysics at NIMHANS was started in 1958 by Dr. MV Govindaswamy, the first Director of All India Institute of Mental Health. The Department is currently take part in understanding how molecular and cellular processes give rise to complex physiologic functions. Disruption of above functions is implicated in various human diseases such as neurodegeneration, cancer, diabetes, and several genetic disorders. Being at NIMHANS, our research emphasis is on understanding the etiology of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. The present faculties employ state-of-the-art Structural biology, Molecular biology, Optical imaging, Flow cytometry, Electrophysiology, X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Gene therapeutics, in-vivo and in-vitro rodent model, and ES/patient derived iPSC stem cell technologies. Moreover, being a medical institute, we closely engage with clinician and get wealth of information on the diseased samples for our research.
The Department offers M.Phil and Ph.D courses in Biophysics. We prepare young scientists from diverse backgrounds for an independent research career. The research output from our Department has resulted in several International publications. Scholars of our department have been conferred with independent fellowships, and have earned placements in leading laboratories around the world.
The Department has obtained substantial funding from National funding agencies such as DST, DBT, ICMR, and CSIR.