The Department of Biological Sciences has been conducting research and teaching in a broad spectrum of areas in Biology. We work on animal behaviour, biodiversity, cell and molecular biology, conservation biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, immunology, marine biology, microbiology, neurobiology, plant biology, physiology, population biology, structural biology and biophysics. In our research, we not only encourage interdisciplinary scientific explorations, we also aim to apply our research in addressing health and environmental issues.
The Indian Institute of Science Ecucation and Research-Kolkata was founded in 2006 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India and one of the first departments to be established was the Department of Chemical Sciences (DCS). From the beginning, the Department has incarnated the Institute's mission of excellence in both research and teaching. The DCS has appreciable strength in the core areas of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry as well as in interdisciplinary research areas at the boundaries with physics, biology, earth science and materials science. An extremely wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentations are available in different research groups to carry out the DCS research activity.
Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata is the first among five IISERs, to have established a Department of Earth Sciences. The department started its journey in 2007, a year after IISER-Kolkata was established. The Department of Earth Sciences is committed to building a community of researchers including students and faculty members. The goal of the Department is to develop a modern center for Earth Science Education and Research in three core areas: Environmental and ecological studies in modern and ancient systems, Isotope Geochemistry and Biogeochemical studies, Solid Earth studies.
As an integral part of the fresh, dynamic and promising new concept called IISER Kolkata, the department is committed to its central theme of integrating education with research so that undergraduate teaching as well as doctoral and postdoctoral research work could be carried out in symbiosis.
Department of Physical Sciences focuses on the cutting edge research in the fields of condensed matter, astrophysics and cosmology, nano-science, optics, quantum information, non-linear, and high energy physics. In synchrony with the institute's motto, the department also aims at teaching and training students from basic to advanced level.