Department of Medicinal Chemistry


The Department of Medicinal Chemistry has been offering a two-year M.S.(Pharm.) Med. Chem. since its inception in 2007, and a four-years Ph.D.(Pharm.) Med. Chem. program since 2016. There are currently 17 and 4 seats available under M.S.(Pharm.) and Ph.D. Medicinal Chemistry program, respectively, which are filled through NIPER-JEE conducted every year. In addition, two seats under M.S.(Pharm.) program are available for Physically Handicapped candidates to be adjusted in any discipline.

Medicinal Chemistry (or Pharmaceutical Chemistry) is a discipline at the intersection of chemistry (organic and natural product chemistry), pharmacology and various other biological specialties. Research in medicinal chemistry requires an in-depth knowledge of synthetic chemistry along with focus on information about drug-receptor interactions. It allows for collaboration with other scientists in finding new drugs. The students pursuing M.S.(Pharm.) Med. Chem. degree are exposed towards fundamental and practical knowledge of the design and synthesis of pharmaceutically active compounds or drugs. Altogether, well-trained medicinal chemists put on their fundamental and practical knowledge of chemistry to the process of synthesizing new designed molecules or pharmaceuticals.

The faculty in the Med. Chem. department are engaged in various levels of research activities with emphasis on identification of novel pharmaceutically active agents for various diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, type-II diabetes, obesity, pulmonary and neurodegenerative diseases.

Department of Natural Products


The Department of Natural Products has been offering a two-year M.S.(Pharm.) Natural Products since its inception in 2007, and a four-years Ph.D.(Pharm.) Natural Products program since 2016. There are currently 17 and 4 seats available under M.S.(Pharm.) and Ph.D. Natural Products program, respectively, which are filled through NIPER-JEE conducted every year. In addition, two seats under M.S.(Pharm.) program are available for Physically Handicapped candidates to be adjusted in any discipline.

Natural Productsis a very specialized and widely used discipline that involves the exploration of various natural sources towards the identification of new compounds useful as biomarkers and/or disease therapeutics. It integrates various scientific and technological disciplines like botany and chemistry. It allows for collaboration with other scientists in finding new drugs or therapeutics for various diseases of unmet need. The students pursuing M.S.(Pharm.) Natural Products degree are exposed towards fundamental and practical knowledge of the nature-inspired drug discovery encompassing the natural products isolation, characterization and semisyntheis (natural product chemistry). Altogether, well-trained natural products graduate/scientists put on their fundamental and practical knowledge of natural products isolation, characterization and chemistry to the process of nature-inspired drug discovery.

The faculty in the Natural Products department are engaged in various levels of research activities with emphasis on isolation and characterization of novel pharmaceutically active natural products for the potential treatment of various diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, type-II diabetes, obesity, pulmonary and neurodegenerative diseases.

Department of Pharmacoinformatics


The Department of Pharmacoinformatics has been offering a two-year M.S.(Pharm.) Pharmacoinformatics since its inception in 2007, and a four-years Ph.D.(Pharm.) Pharmacoinformatics program since 2016. There are currently 16 and 2 seats available under M.S.(Pharm.) and Ph.D. Pharmacoinformatics program, respectively, which are filled through NIPER-JEE conducted every year. In addition, two seats under M.S.(Pharm.) program are available for Physically Handicapped candidates to be adjusted in any discipline.

Pharmacoinformatics is a very specialized discipline that involves the development and application of computational methodologies in the area of drug discovery and development. It integrates various scientific and technological disciplines like chemistry, biology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical technology and an extensive use of information technology. Broadly, pharmacoinformatics is recognized as a tool for drug discovery and development, and is widely used by the academic institutions and pharmaceutical industries in collaboration with scientists from other disciplines in researching and developing new effective and safe drugs for various kinds of diseases/disorders. Research in pharmacoinformatics requires an in-depth knowledge of computer programming, chemistry and biology along with focus on information about drug-receptor interactions. It allows for collaboration with other scientists in finding new drugs or therapeutics for various diseases of unmet need. The students pursuing M.S.(Pharm.) Pharmacoinformatics degree are exposed towards fundamental and practical knowledge of the bioinformatics, target identification, Hit/Lead identification, Lead optimization, and the design and optimization of pharmaceutically active compounds or drugs. Altogether, well-trained pharmacoinformaticians put on their fundamental and practical knowledge of pharmacoinformatics to accelerate the process of drug discovery.

The faculty in the Pharmacoinformatics department are engaged in various levels of research activities with emphasis on discovery and optimization of novel pharmaceutically active agents for various diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, type-II diabetes, obesity, pulmonary and neurodegenerative diseases.

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology


The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology has been offering a two-year M.S.(Pharm.) Pharmacology and Toxicology since its inception in 2018. There are currently 8 seats available under M.S. (Pharm.) Pharmacology and Toxicology program, which are filled through NIPER-JEE conducted every year. In addition, two seats under M.S. (Pharm.) program are available for Physically Handicapped candidates to be adjusted in any discipline.

Pharmacology is the branch of science deals with the study of drugs and their actions on living organisms. Pharmacology not only involves the drug discovery, but also the exploration of the chemical properties of drugs, their mechanisms of action, uses and biological effects. Toxicology is the science associated with Pharmacology, which involves the studies of the deleterious effects of drugs/chemicals on biological systems. The study of toxicology is intended to protect public health from toxic substances and risks associated with drugs.

M.S. (Pharm.) Pharmacology and Toxicology curriculum has four semesters in which the first two semesters cover theoretical and practical aspects of Pharmacology and Toxicology such as Pathophysiology, Chemotherapy, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Biotechnology, Drug metabolism, Pharmacology of various organ systems, Clinical Pharmacology and Regulatory Toxicology, and Immunopharmacology. The final two semesters are dedicated for research, thesis and dissertation, where the students can opt for research in the area of their interest. The course has a total of 50 credits distributed among the four semesters. NIPER Kolkata has developed a distinct course curriculum on Rare Diseases, which is optional for the students.

The department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at NIPER Kolkata has various research facilities with advance equipment. In vivo studies for pain and inflammation can be performed with the available equipment namely hot plate analgesiometer and digital plethysmometer. In vitro cell culture facility is used for studying the Pharmacology of drugs on various cell lines in which Flow cytometry is added to sort cells according to the requirement using fluorescence based technology. Real time- RTPCR equipment is used to identify the gene expression changes in various disease conditions and also to analyze the effect of therapy on it. In addition,Bioanalyzer is used to analyze the RNA, DNA and protein by qualitative and quantitative aspects. Our Institute is equipped with LC-Mass Spectrometer, which can be used for proteomics and metabolomics analysis of various samples of interest. The department has specific interest on diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, inflammatory diseases, neurodegeneration as well as infectious diseases research.