Venkatesh Lab



  • HH Mathur award for excellence in research for applied Sciences, IIT Bombay 2011.
  • UGC Distinguished Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2009-2010
  • Swaranjayanthi Fellowship from DST (2004).
  • Hindustan-Dorr-Oliver Award for Excellence in use of technology in Rural Development (2004)
  • Anil Kumar Bose award from Indian National Science Academy (INSA) for paper published in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2004).
  • Visiting Research Fellow, School of Molecular and Biological Science, Oxford (Brookes) University, Oxford, UK (May-June, 2002).
  • Visiting Research Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, Delaware, USA from January 2001 to Deccember 2001.
  • INSA Young Scientist Award, 1999 from Indian National Science Academy for Research.
  • INAE Young Engineering Award, 1998 from Indian National Academy of Engineers.
  • Amar-Dye-Chem Award, 1999 from Indian Institute of Chemical Engineering for excellence in research.



















Professor K. V. Venkatesh, Principal Investigator



Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay (1993 - Current)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biosciences, IIT Bombay



PhD, Purdue University, USA

B. Tech., IIT Madras



Dr. K. V. Venkatesh is a pioneer in the areas of Systems Biology, Network analysis and modeling, Synthetic Biology and Metabolic and regulatory networks research in India with more than a decade of experience. He has more than a hundred peer reviewed publications, won several awards and has guided several doctoral, masters and bachelors theses. He has a vast experience in the field of systems biology particularly in the area of network quantification of signaling pathways, gene regulatory and metabolic networks. He has contributed significantly to research in the areas of quantification of biological networks including genetic, signaling and metabolic pathways. He has also contributed extensively towards the broad field of metabolic engineering and his group has developed steady state gene expression simulator, methods using elementary modes to quantify phenotypic space and complete whole-body metabolic model for humans.


His contributions towards quantifying metabolic states to define a phenotype has been well received by biologists. This has opened avenues to design, optimize and operate fermentative processes. His work on insulin signaling pathway to characterize Type-II diabetes has been cited in Banting Lecture 2006 by Prof. Richard N. Bergman as reported in the journal (DIABETES, VOL. 56, JUNE 2007) as a future research direction in Disease modeling. His research work has been accepted by the biologists and the results have been used to demonstrate the principles deciphered in his Lab in many biological systems, which is reflected in his citation in journals such as Nature, Nature Reviews, Nature Genetics, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Biological Science and New Scientist.



A detailed CV can be found here.



  • Member Editorial Board, International Journal of Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • International judge for international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM-2009), MIT USA
  • Invited to an International Workshop on “Physiological Modeling” organized by The Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University, USA, May 21-24, 2007.
  • Invited by Royal Society, London, UK to a workshop on Advances in Biosciences as relevant to Systems and Synthetic Biology, September 2006.
  • Member of Organizing comittee, Indo-US Fronteirs of Engineering Meet, jointly hosted by National Academy of Engineering, USA and Indian National Academy of Engineering, March 2-4, 2006.



  • P. J. Bhat, Professor, Deparmtent of Biosciences, IIT Bombay
  • N. S. Punekar, Professor, Deparmtent of Biosciences, IIT Bombay
  • Sharad Bharatiya,Professor, Deparmtent of Chemicasl Engineering, IIT Bombay
  • Mahesh Tirumukudlu, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering,  IIT Bombay
  • David Fell, Professor, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • N. Gautam, Professor, Washington University St. Louis
  • Mukund Thattai, Professor, NCBS Bengaluru
  • Aswin Seshasayee, Professor, NCBS Bengaluru