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Gauri R. Nair


Ph.D. in Biology (Molecular Microbiology), Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 2006

Current position

Associate, Business Development, Harvard University Office of Technology Development, Cambridge, MA
Expertise: Business development, technology commercialization, technology out-licensing, secondary research, technology crossover, product feasibility, bacterial engineering, Agrobacterium technology, gram negative bacteria, two-component signaling systems, genetic engineering, molecular biology, plasmids, plant biotechnology, retroviruses, protein engineering and purification, assay development, bacterial pathogenicity and virulence, aptamer discovery for retroviral inhibition


  1. Nair, G. R., Dash, C., Le Grice, S. F. and DeStefano, J. J. (2012). Viral Reverse Transcriptases Show Selective High Affinity Binding to DNA-DNA Primer-Templates that Resemble the Polypurine Tract. PloS one 7(7): e41712.
  2. Nair, G. R., Lai, X., Wise, A. A., Rhee, B. W., Jacobs, M. and Binns, A. N. (2011). The integrity of the periplasmic domain of the VirA sensor kinase is critical for optimal coordination of the virulence signal response in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. J Bacteriol 193(6): 1436-1448.
  3. He, F., Nair, G. R., Soto, C. S., Chang, Y., Hsu, L., Ronzone, E., DeGrado, W. F. and Binns, A. N. (2009). Molecular basis of ChvE function in sugar binding, sugar utilization, and virulence in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. J Bacteriol 191(18): 5802-5813.
  4. DeStefano, J. J. and Nair, G. R. (2008). Novel aptamer inhibitors of human immunodeficiency virus reverse transcriptase. Oligonucleotides 18(2): 133-144.
  5. Nair, G. R., Liu, Z. and Binns, A. N. (2003). Reexamining the role of the accessory plasmid pAtC58 in the virulence of Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain C58. Plant Physiol 133(3): 989-999.