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.


Excellent attendance and fantastic talks at Metabolic Engineering 1 session of #SIMBam2018 @SIMB_Microbio. Hilton Salon A-5.

Hope to see a great crowd at Metabolic Engineering 1 session I’m chairing with Harry Yim from @Genomatica tomorrow 1pm. #SIMBam2018


Off to Windy City, Chicago for #simbam2018 @SIMB_Microbio. Can’t wait for keynote by the fantastic @ask_jens later today.

Happy birthday to MS student @Bir_Win! Another delicious chocolate truffle cake down the hatch. @Bir_Win also got some potent pineapple-Serrano pepper home brew 🤯. Days of #nairlabbdays.


Poster session to conclude the 2018 Tufts #REU. Awesome job this summer, Elizabeth!


New @biorxivpreprint on bridging the gap between metabolic pathway synthesis and implementation is live (https://t.co/BvTWM4Tqas)! Collaboration with @sohahassoun group! Considering host-context is very important for #SynBio and #MetabolicEngineeirng. @synbio_papers.

Happy birthday to Aaron Love, part-time PhD student from @manusbio! We didn’t use the infamous “mucus knife” on this delicious chocolate ganache cake, either.


Goodbye lunch for the fantastic #REU student Elizabeth Chavez from @UNC, co-advised with @sohahassoun group.

Happy twenty-x th birthday to grad student @seanfsullivan! We avoided using the “mucus knife” to cut this jiggly Boston cream pie cake. Maybe we should have. Wait, what is @heretharbtigerz from @Van_DeventerJim lab doing here?!?

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