Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Ajay Nair's work focuses on identifying and studying the regulatory mechanisms in cells. Specifically, he harnesses the power of machine learning algorithms and statistical methods, and apply them to high-throughput biological data to understand cell regulation. His current focus is to understand the aberrant regulatory mechanisms in cancer.
Nair's PhD thesis identified methods to a) incorporate prior biological information efficiently while inferring regulatory networks from data; and b) transfer regulatory interactions from well-sudied organisms to other organisms. He has also worked on dynamical models of cell regulatory networks, evolution of photosynthetic apparatus, and conservation of glycosylation in different domains of life.
PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India) and Monash University (Australia), Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Master of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India), Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Technology, Mahatma Gandhi University (India)
Nair A , Chetty M, Wangikar PP. Improving gene regulatory network inference using network topology information. Mol Biosyst. 2015 Sep;11(9):2449-63. Epub 2015 Jul 1.
Nair A , Chetty M, Wangikar PP. Significance of non-edge priors in gene regulatory network reconstruction. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). 2014; 8834:446-453.
Nair A , Chetty M, and Vinh NX. RegCyanoDB: a database of cyanobacterial regulatory interactions. bioRxiv . 2017; 117127.
Nair A , Chetty M. P ost-inference Methods Of Prior Knowledge Incorporation In Gene Regulatory Network Inference. bioRxiv . 2017; 122341.
Nair A , Rajagopal KR. Generic model of an electric vehicle for dynamic simulation and performance prediction. In IEEE 2010 International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS). 2010; pp. 753–757.
Nair A , Rajagopal KR. A novel back-EMF detection scheme based sensorless control of permanent magnet brushless DC motor drive . In IEEE 2010 International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS). 2010; pp. 978–983.
Rajagopal KR, Nair A . Design and development of a TMS320F2812 DSP controller based PM BLDC motor drive. In IEEE 2010 International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS). 2010; pp. 776–780.