May 2020

TENURE!! (May 15)The Tufts Board of Trustees approved the tenure and promotion of Prof. Nair to Associate Professor, effective September 1, 2020! (tweet)

April 2020

Zac and Todd defend their respective PhD theses! (April 17, 22)Congratulations to the both of you! Of course, we had to hold the defense virtually – but the one advantage was that it was easier for family members and former lab members to attend the thesis and lend moral support! (tweet1, tweet2) We just submitted …

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March 2020

Zac’s and Karishma’s paper is accepted! (Mar 30)Congratulations to Zac and Karishma for co-first authoring a paper on directed evolution of AvPAL – the active ingredient in Palynziq/Pegvaliase – used in the treatment of PKU! The paper will soon appear in ChemComm! Lab closes temporarily amid COVID-19 concerns (Mar 20)We’re closing the lab to minimize …

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February 2020

A new manuscript by Zac & Karishma et al. up on bioRxiv! (Feb 24)Happy to share a new manuscript on directed evolution of enzyme AvPAL* (the active ingredient in pegvaliase/Palynziq) to identify mutants with improved properties! (link to bioRxiv and tweet)

January 2020

Zac’s paper is accepted in ACS Synthetic Biology! (Jan 7)The paper describes the development of a new method to measure and engineer mucus adhesion of probiotics. (link, bioRxiv)