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 me if they have any research-specific questions.


Ok so apparently Bruno doesn’t have a twitter account so I’ve been tagging a random Bruno N all this time. 😤 happy birthday to non-twitter Bruno.
Apparently @seanfsullivan has an account, who is also enjoying side joke, here, with Todd.

Nair Lab@nair_lab

Happy birthday to Nair lab grad student @BrunoNa96428667. Celebrating his birthday with chocolate ganache cake. 😋 2

Happy birthday to Nair lab grad student @BrunoNa96428667. Celebrating his birthday with chocolate ganache cake. 😋


I didn’t know tagatose biosynthesis was a core part of Perceval Zhang story... and in Trump’s China #TradeWars report. #metabolicengineering #synbio https://t.co/WJMGOOKpSx

Joe at his poster @ProteinSociety #ps32

I finally took the time to finish a novel from start to finish this summer... hard to believe it’s been over 2 years since I did this last... #ReadMore

What if NIH and NSF gave statistics on false negatives - work that was rejected as proposals but went on to hit paydirt big? Also, shouldn't be too hard to survey N top papers' authors on how their funding tries went. What % of important work was done despite the review process?

Congratulations to the recent (& first) Nair lab graduate, Venkatesh Endalur Gopinarayanan, for landing a job at LifeMine Therapeutics! Thanks for proving that the skills you learned in the lab have commercial value to someone!

Hot tip for those who don’t want their lab’s twitter account unceremoniously deactivated. Don’t put your birthday as your lab’s “birthday”. Apparently a 5 year old lab is too young to tweet. #phoenixdown

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