Pre Conference Workshop

Advances in Functional Biomaterials:

Host-microbiome Interaction for Tackling Anti-microbial Resistance and Role of Nanotechnology Applications in Toxicology Risk Assessment

Schedule: 27th November to 1st December 2019

Venue: Visitor Hostel, PBCEC Class Room, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India

Workshop Programme   

Workshop Organizers


Ashok Kumar
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India


Saravanan Matheshwaran
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India


Santosh K. Misra
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India

Workshop objectives and details

Organizers of BioTERM 2019 are also co-sharing the event with a workshop on “Host-microbiome Interaction for Tackling Anti-microbial Resistance and Role of Nanotechnology applications in Toxicology Risk Assessment” under SPARC program of “Advances in Functional Biomaterials”. The course workshop will be conducted as part of annual workshop under SPARC program and will be co-organized as Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of IIT Kanpur. Foreign collaborators of the SPARC project will be invited to IIT Kanpur, to deliver lectures, conduct practical and participate in workshops along with Indian project investigators. This coursework will have a more practical and hands on approach towards principles and methods in specific domains. This will provide an overview of the host-microbe interaction and its role in redefining therapies for anti-microbial resistance in infections. Outcomes of this workshop may help in deciding a safe use of such nanomaterials when used for the health care and consumer-use products by learning in-depth knowledge on host-microbe interaction and reason for resistance and propagation of infections. The emphasis of this workshop would be understanding of anti-microbial resistance using gene regulation, proteomic and microscopic techniques, modifications in current therapies using nanomaterials to improve on outcomes and toxicological risk assessment in in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models. Upon successfully completing this workshop, attendees will be able to define how the basic principles of anti-microbial resistance cause identification, risk assessment and risk management interrelate with increased probability of success of engineered nanomaterial for the human health. It will also help in identify approaches to assess the health impacts of nanotechnologies, obtain a working knowledge of hazards associated with the manufactured nano-biomaterial in the biological system, evaluate and communicative the application of risk-analysis approaches to other xenobiotics including nanotechnology with an emphasis on the risk-risk and risk-benefit issues.

Organizers of pre-conference workshop will be taking approaches and strategies for achieving learning objectives by developing a common understanding among attendees toward Advances in functional biomaterials via anti-microbial resistance, hazard identification and risk assessment for nanotechnology applications in healthcare. It will also employ inquiry-based learning skill, where, the visiting professors/speakers will have designed study plan according to need of cumulative attendees, which provides the general direction that will lead to both, the individual participant/student and the total class, achieving the indicated learning outcomes. The workshop would provide knowledge in the area of anti-microbial resistance, host-microbe interaction, xenobiotic risk identification and assessment during evaluation of engineered nanomaterial in healthcare. Workshop booklet could be used as hand guide for the attendees participating in the microbial, toxicology and nanotechnology research. Having scientific and technical sessions on non-conventional items and theme of “Innovation to Translation”, BioTERM 2019 will provide perfect opportunity for IITK to get introduced to untouched domains of clinics, pharma houses and bio-start ups of country and world where IITK play an important role in future endeavors under umbrella of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Course Contents:
  • Importance of Anti-microbial resistance (AMR)
  • Current strategies to handle severity of anti-microbial resistance
  • Causes of AMR
  • Role of microscopic imaging in understanding host-microbe interaction
  • Introduction of nano-biomaterials in AMR
  • Infections of drug eluting composite implants and strategies to overcome
  • Management of biocontamination possibilities in tissue engineering materials
  • Hazard origin and basic biosafety (while working in the Nanotechnology Laboratory)
  • Personal protection equipment while working with nanomaterials
  • Biosafety containment levels (BSL1 to BSL3) and Biological safety cabinets and chemical hoods
  • Aerosol production, Biological Exposure and Spill procedures
  • Risk identification of engineered bio-nanomaterial
  • Exposure routes, Case studies & Ethical dilemma
  • Interaction of generated biomaterials with host, microbe and microbiome
  • Host and microbe interaction models to assess toxicological outcomes
  • The Role of Regulation – the role of regulation in guiding materials choice and device design

Workshop Speakers/Lecturers


Ashok Kumar
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India


Saravanan Matheshwaran
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India


Santosh K. Misra
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India


Ashokkumar Balasubramaniem
School Biotechnology, MKU, Madurai, India


Andreas Nuessler
Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany


Jukka Seppälä
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland


Jouni Partanen
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland


Shalini Gupta
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Delhi, India


Sangeeta Khare
National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson-AR, USA