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Saraswathy Nair

Dr. Saraswathy Nair                

Saraswathy Nair, Ph.D
Associate Professor/ Chair
Molecular Biology and Genetics



Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992
Cell and Molecular Biology
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987
Cell and Molecular Biology
M. Sc., Annamalai University (India), 1985
Marine Biology
B. Sc., Kerala University (India), 1983
Major: Zoology; Minors: Botany, Chemistry

CV/VITAE: nair.pdf

Classes Taught:

Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics.

Joined UTB:



Saraswathy Nair has been participating in active research at premier academic institutes such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine and NIDDK, NIH since obtaining her Ph.D in Cell and Molecular Biology at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992. She focused her earlier research on mammalian and protozoan proteins involved in protein sorting and vesicular trafficking. She then became director of R & D at a startup biotech firm in Arizona, responsible for research on therapeutic antibodies for rheumatoid arthritis. After a sabbatical from her career to raise her son for three years (1998-2001), she joined the scientific team at NIDDK, Phoenix investigating the genetic basis of obesity and diabetes in Pima Indians of Arizona. Since 2006, first as an assistant professor, and currently as Associate professor of Biomedicine at the University of Texas at Brownsville, Texas, she has been investigating pathways that connect inflammation and glucocorticoid regulation in obesity and diabetes in cell culture and animal models as well as in the Mexican-American population. Throughout her career, she has mentored undergraduate and graduate students in research and through teaching. Currently she has several Mexican-American undergraduate students whom she is actively mentoring in their research training. Some of the undergraduates she trained are working in clinical research settings or medical labs locally. Some are in MD/MPH/PhD programs or science teachers at local schools. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, secured funding for research and established an active laboratory. She has served as an ad hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals such as Obesity, Human Genetics, Clinical Endocrinology, Plos One and Cell and Molecular Biology Letters.



Associate Professor of Biomedicine 2012-Present

Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Biomedical Studies, University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX, 2006-2012

Research fellow, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Phoenix, AZ, 2001-2006
Adjunct faculty, Glendale Community College, AZ, 2001
Director R & D, Verigen, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, 1996 – 1998
Research Associate, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y, 1992 – 1996
Research and teaching assistant, S.U.N.Y at Buffalo, N.Y, 1986-1992​

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