Nikhil U. Nair has been an assistant professor in the department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Tufts University since 2013. He received his B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University in 2003 and then went on obtain his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2010 under the guidance of synthetic biologist Huimin Zhao. For his post-doctoral training, he worked in Ann Hochschild’s lab in Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School to elucidate novel regulatory aspects of transcriptional elongation in bacteria. Research in the Nair lab (sites.tufts.edu/nairlab) is focused on altering various aspects of microbial physiology (such as gene regulation and metabolism) not only to engineer them for biomedical, biochemical, and bioenergy applications but to also understand how they interact with each other and their environment.