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.


What do you do when it’s clear that a reviewer did not read the revised manuscript or responses to the other reviewers? What if they question the integrity of your work by bringing up “new” issues that have already been addressed in response to the other reviewers?

Happy birthday to grad student Joe! We don’t always make our undergrads sit on the floor... not always... #nairlabbdays no #mucusknife.

One area that TIBTECH is especially excited about is manipulating and applying microbial communities. @NikoMcCarty and @LedesmaAmaro review synthetic biology tools for engineering microbial consortia: https://t.co/qUmvmD3kbG

Rant: Got reviews on a computational #metabolicengineering manuscript back after revision. R3 has a very narrow definition of validation, which is doing experiments yourself. Comparing computational predictions results with large published datasets is not considered validation🤬

Happy birthday to grad student, Tood! #nairlabbdays no #mucusknife!

Link to the paper: https://t.co/lEsAtKLYv9

Also looking for Postdoc sand grad students so please spread the word! https://t.co/pPhUii8eQT

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