Nair, S.

Dr. Sreelaja Nair
Associate Professor

Phone: +(91-22) 2576 6758
E-mail: sreelaja [at]
Location: Room No. 104, BSBE Building

Research Interest

  • The focus of our group is to understand the mechanisms driving the development of a single cell zygote into a multicellular embryo using zebrafish as our model organism.

Academic Background

  • 2008 – 2012: Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Francisco J Pelegri at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
  • 2007 – 2008: Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Thomas F. Schilling at the University of California Irvine.
  • 2001 – 2006: Doctor of Philosophy with Prof. Thomas F. Schilling at the University of California Irvine.

Professional Experience

  • 2020 – Associate Professor, Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering , IIT Bombay.
  • 2012 – 2020: Reader (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai.


  • Menon T, Borbora AS, Kumar R, Nair S. Dynamic optima in cell sizes during early development enable normal gastrulation in zebrafish embryos. Developmental Biology: Volume 468, Issues 1–2, Pages 26-40 (2020)
  • Menon T and Nair S. Experimental manipulation of ploidy in zebrafish embryos and its application in genetic screens. Vertebrate Embryogenesis: Embryological, Cellular, and Genetic Methods, 2nd Edition (Ed. F. Pelegri). Methods in Molecular Biology, in press (2018)
  • Menon T and Nair S. A transient window of resilience during early development minimizes teratogenic effects of heat in zebrafish embryos. Developmental Dynamics. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.24640 (2018)
  • Menon T., Bhattrai J and Nair S. Effective generation of gynogenic haploid zebrafish embryos using low dosage of UV rays. MattersSelect at ScienceMatters October 06. DOI: 10.19185/matters.201705000003 (2017)
  • Welch E., Eno C., Nair S., Lindeman RE and Pelegri F. Functional manipulation of maternal gene products using in vitro oocyte maturation in zebrafish. Journal of Visualized Experiments (2017) Apr 22;(122)
  • Nair S., Marlow F., Abrams E., Kapp L., Mullins MC and Pelegri F. The chromosomal passenger protein birc5b organizes microfilaments and germ plasm in the zebrafish embryo. PLoS Genetics (2013) Apr;9(4):e1003448