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Lakshmi S. Nair

Lakshmi S. NairLakshmi S. Nair
Associate Professor

UConn Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: (860) 324-3691


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2001-2003
  • Scientist-B, Polymer Chemistry, SCTIMST, India, 2000-2001


Research Focus

  • 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



  • Selected as the Fellow of the United States National Academy of Inventors (2017)
  • Appointed to the Scientific Merit Review Board, Department of Veterans Affairs, (2011-2014)
  • Selected as the US-Chapter President, Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs India, (2012-2016)
  • 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), 2011
  • Senior Research Fellowship from the Department of Science & Technology, India, 1999-2000
  • The Regional Science Fellowship (India, Middle East & Africa), awarded by the International Society for Artificial Organs, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 1997
  • Young Scientist Award, State Committee on Science, Technology & Environment, Government of Kerala, India, 1996
  • Full-Time National Fellowship for the Graduate Study from the Department of Science & Technology (Joint CSIR-UGC National Level Test) India, 1994-1999
  • Qualified for graduate fellowship in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, GATE-94, 1994
  • Recipient of Prof. Anantharaman prize for University Topper in M.Sc., 1992
  • Merit Certificate, National Scholarships Scheme, in recognition of the high position secured in high school, Government of Kerala, India, 1985


Current 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)