Rahul Roy 

Current Position   

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IISc

Sep 2018 - present

Associate Faculty, Department of Bioengineering, IISc

Dec 2015 - present


PhD, Biophysics and Computational Biology                          April 2007

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 

B Tech, Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering          May 2001

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India       

Previous Work and Teaching Experience

Principal Investigator

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Fellowships

Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Visiting Student Research Fellow

Tate Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai                               May 2000 - July 2000

Research Fellow

BREF-BioTEK Institute, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur         May 1999 - July 1999


CH 248 (JAN) 3:0 Molecular Systems Biology 

Various topics highlighting experimental techniques and modeling approaches in systems biology for problems ranging from molecular level to the multi-cellular level will be covered.

Topics: Properties of biomolecules, Biomolecular Forces, Single molecule experimental techniques, Molecular motors, Molecular heterogeneity, Self-organization, Enzyme kinetics, Modeling cellular reactions and processes, Fluctuations and noise in biology, Cellular variability, Biological networks, Modeling dynamics of bioprocesses and cellular signaling.

Instructor: Rahul Roy

Link for the course: CH 248 Molecular Systems Biology

Course Notes:

The course is intended for Masters and Research students. Undergraduates with sufficient background may approach the instructor regarding crediting the course. No prior knowledge of biology is needed but a non-biologist will have to self-educate. Basic grasp of calculus, linear algebra and programming skills in C or Matlab / Mathematica is recommended.

MB 207 (AUG) 2:0 DNA-Protein interaction, Regulation of gene expression, Nanobiology

CH 205 (JAN) 3:0 Chemical Reaction Engineering

Overview, review of background material. Differential and integral balances for homogeneous reactive systems. Ideal reactors: batch/CSTR/PFR. Uniqueness and multiplicity of steady states, heterogeneous reactions and reactors, non-ideal reactors.

Instructors: K Kesava Rao / Rahul Roy

CH 249 (JAN) 3:0 Structural and Functional DNA Nanotechnology

Origin of structural DNA nanotechnology; properties of DNA and other nucleic acids relevant to nanotechnology; design of branched DNA systems; DNA nanomechanical devices; DNA origami and DNA bricks; Forces and energetics in nanoscale; Thermodynamics of self-assembly formation; Experimental techniques to characterize DNA nanostructures including AFM, SEM, TEM; single molecule and fluorescence methods; gel electrophoresis; sequencing and radio-labelling assays; Application of DNA nanostructures in molecular computing; organizing and templating other nanomaterials; bio-sensing; nano-fabrication; cargo delivery; hybrid DNA nanomaterials. 

Instructor: Banani Chakraborty/ Rahul Roy

Awards and Highlights   

Wellcome Trust / DBT Intermediate Fellowship

Wellcome Trust, 2013-2018

Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award     

Department of Biotechnology, India 2013

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2008-11

Biophysics Grant Fellowship

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2001-02

Visiting Students Research Program Fellow

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India , 2000