February 2019

Manuscript accepted! (Feb 21)
Congrats to Sara and Venkatesh for having their manuscript “Establishing Synthesis Pathway-Host Compatibility via Enzyme Solubility” accepted for publication in Biotechnology & Bioengineering! linkbioRxiv

Another manuscript up on bioRxiv! (Feb 12)
Joe’s manuscript titled, “Surpassing thermodynamic, kinetic, and stability barriers to isomerization catalysis for tagatose biosynthesis” is up! (link) Fingers crossed for the peer-review!

Prof. Nair gives a seminar at the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Iowa State University. (Feb 6 – 7)
Thanks to Prof. Zengyi Shao and Prof. Tom Mansell for the invitation and the opportunity to present our work on non-native substrate metabolism in S. cerevisiae (link).

New manuscript preprint up! (Feb 1)
Sara’s new manuscript is up on bioRxiv! It’s about incorporating enzyme promiscuity to expand genome-scale metabolic models and explain the presence of unaccounted metabolites seen in metabolomics data! (link)

October 2018

The Nair lab goes to AIChE Annual Meeting! (Oct 28 – Nov 1)
Joe and Vikas make to Pittsburgh, PA safely!







We have a giant get together for lunch with the Zhao lab, its alumni, and their advisees. We took over nearly half the restaurant! Picture coming soon!

Sara (co-advised by Soha Hassoun) presents her talk at the “Integrative Systems Biology” session. (tweet)





Joe presents his work at the “Metabolic Engineering in Non-Model Organisms” session (tweet)






Vikas presents his work at the “Synthetic Biology Applications” session (tweet)





The Tufts iGEM team wins Bronze! (Oct 29)
Huge congratulations to the Tufts iGEM team for winning a bronze medal at the 2018 iGEM Jamboree held in Boston! See all the results here. (tweet)

September 2018

Prof. Nair gives a seminar at University of Illinois (Sept 13)
It was great to be back at UIUC and present me independent work to my former advisor, Prof. Huimin Zhao, and other mentors and teachers. Thanks for the invitation! (tweet)

The lab welcomes ChBE undergrad Taylor Hart! (Sept 10)
Taylor will be working with Vikas to advance arabinose metabolism in yeast.