Welcome to the Nair lab website!

Research in our lab is focused primarily on altering various aspects of microbial physiology with the aim of not only engineering them for applications but also to understand why various features of life evolved the way they did. This involves deconvoluting the complexity of their makeup and finding ways to alter their components (genes, proteins, metabolites, etc.) to achieve desired outcomes. As engineers, we believe that building a synthetic system (even if it’s a biological one) is one of the most powerful methods to understand the intricacies of that system.

Interested in joining our team?

We’re almost always looking for enthusiastic people to join us. Check the news page to see if we have any recent postings for openings. Prospective post-docs and undergraduates (preferably juniors or seniors) should contact Dr. Nair by email. Prospective graduate students should apply through the Tufts ChBE graduate program and also e-mail Prof. Nair if they have any research-specific questions.

Thanks, Prof. Yong-Su Jin, for a fantastic seminar on engineering yeasts for fuels, chemicals, & probiotics. I’ve always admired your work but never had the chance to talk to extensively until yesterday. Thanks for taking the time out of your sabbatical to visit!

I can retire now. Main feature on r/science on reddit with >20k likes. Joe’s paper on tagatose synthesis. https://t.co/BXXQDBfolX @TuftsEngineer @TuftsUniversity

Happy birthday, Todd! Low attendance today due to thanksgiving break, but that just means more dessert for the few of us! #nairlabbdays no #mucusknife

A feature that highlights our recent @NatureComms paper (link: https://t.co/IFxcPWoKKz) on tagatose biosynthesis! Thanks, Mike Silver, for highlighting @TuftsEngineer grad-student/post-doc Joe Bober's work - who incidentally just started work at @Ginkgo.

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Great news if you have a Sweet 🦷️!

Researchers at @TuftsEngineer have developed a process that could make low-calorie, low-glycemic sugar more widely available.


Typical chemical engineering awards discussion? Women make up 55% of nominees but only 25% of short list after first round votes. #WomenInSTEM #frustration

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