Lakshmi S. Nair

Lakshmi NairLakshmi S. Nair
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Ph.D., SCTIMST (1999), India

University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue, Unit MC 3711
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: (860) 324-3691



Current Research

  • Biomaterial Design and Synthesis, Injectable Hydrogels
  • Protein and Small Molecule Delivery
  • Nanoparticles, Cell Instructive Polymer Matrices to Direct Regeneration
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Delivery
  • Gene Activated Matrices to Enhance Tissue Regeneration
  • Biomaterial based Strategies for Pain Management

 Awards & Honors

2017 Selected as the Fellow of the United States National Academy of Inventors
2016 Invited to deliver Plenary Lecture at the National Seminar on nanomedicine, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
2016 Invited to deliver Plenary Lecture at the 9th Latin American Congress on Artificial Organs and Biomaterials (COLAOB), Foz do Iguacu, PR, Brazil
2015 Invited to attend the CAETS 2015 meeting organized by the Indian National Academy of Engineering as one of two Young Engineers from the US
2015 Invited to moderate the Inaugural UConn Science Salon on 3D printing
2014 Invited to attend the US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium organized by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the 100 selected scientists
2014 Selected as the Program Committee Member for organizing the National Conference, Society for Biomaterials
2012-2016 Selected as the US-Chapter President, Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs India

Appointed to the Scientific Merit Review Board, Department of Veterans Affairs

2011 Selected as the “Women of Innovation Finalist 2011” in the Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership
2011 Tech Brief Initial Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Inventions and Contributions Board, Solvent/non-solvent sintering techniques for creating sintered microsphere scaffolds (MSC-24227-1)
2009 Invited as the Young Investigator to participate in the 6th International Key Symposium on Nanomedicine, Organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm
2008 Selected to participate in the “2008 Keck Futures Initiate Conference on Smart prosthetics”, Sponsored by the U.S. National Academies, 18-19 Cleveland, Ohio.
1999-2000 Senior Research Fellowship from the Department of Science & Technology, India
1997 The Regional Science Fellowship (India, Middle East & Africa), awarded by the International Society for Artificial Organs, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1996 Young Scientist Award, State Committee on Science, Technology & Environment, Government of Kerala, India
1994-1999 Full-Time National Fellowship for the Graduate Study from the Department of Science & Technology (Joint CSIR-UGC National Level Test) India
1994 Qualified for graduate fellowship in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, GATE-94
1992 Recipient of Prof. Anantharaman prize for University Topper in M.Sc.
1985 Merit Certificate, National Scholarships Scheme, in recognition of the high position secured in high school, Government of Kerala, India

Recent Publications

Gohil SV, Kuo C, Adams DJ, Maye P, Rowe DW, Nair LS.  Evaluation of the donor cell contribution in rhBMP-2 mediated bone formation with chitosan thermogels using fluorescent protein reporter mice. J Biomed Mater Res. 104: 928-41 (2016)

Veronick J, Assanah F, Nair LS, Vyas V, Huey B, Khan Y. The effect of acoustic radiation force on osteoblasts in cell/hydrogel constructs for bone repair. Experimental Biology and Medicine 241: 1149-56 (2016)

Laurencin CT, Nair LS. A quest towards limb regeneration: A regenerative engineering approach. Regen. Biomat. 1-3 (2016)

Kuyinu EL, Narayanan G, Nair LS, Laurencin CT. Animal models of osteoarthritis: classification, update and measurement of outcomes. J Orthop Surg Res 2: 11-19 (2016).

Laurencin CT, Nair LS. Regenerative Engineering: Approaches to Limb Regeneration and other grand challenges. Regen. Eng. Transl. Med. 1: 1-3 (2015)

Gohil SV, Brittain S, Kan HM, Drissi H, Rowe D, Nair LS.  Evaluation of Enzymatically crosslinked injectable glycol chitosan gel. J Mater Chem B 3: 5511(2015)

Bagshaw K, Hanenbaum C, Carbone EJ, Lo WH, Laurencin CT, Walker J, Nair LS.  Pain Management via localized anesthetic delivery using responsive hydrogels. Ther Deliv. 6:165-76 (2015) PMID: 25690085

Amini AA, Nair LS. Recombinant human lactoferrin as a biomaterial for bone tissue engineering: Mechanism of antiapoptotic and Osteogenic activity. Adv Health Care Mater 3: 897-905 (2014) PMID: 24352833

James E, Delany A, Nair LS.  Post-transcriptional Regulation in Osteoblasts using Localized Delivery of miR-29a Inhibitor from Nanofibers to Enhance Extracellular Matrix Deposition. Acta Biomaterialia 10: 3571-80 (2014).

Brittain S, Gohil SV, Nair LS. Statins as Bioactive Molecules to Support Bone Regeneration. Current Medicinal Chemistry 21: 2980-8 (2014)


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