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Ruth Nair

PhD Researcher and Associate Lecturer



Ruth joined Edge Hill in October 2019 as a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant. In 2012, she gained a Diploma in Exercise Science at Dr D.Y. Patil Medical University in Navi Mumbai, India. In 2013, she completed a clinical internship in the Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy Department at Dr D. Y. Patil Hospital. In the same year she also voluntarily taught Spoken English and Value Education at a public school for underprivileged children in Mumbai.

In 2014, she began her Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences (Honors), at Liberty University, Virginia, USA. During her 4-year degree in the US, she completed 2.5 years of undergraduate research on the effects of curcumin on the growth of two pathogenic fungal species, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus fumigatus. Additionally, she worked on complementing a knock-out deletion in the same pathogenic strains to understand aflatoxin production in Aspergillus spp.

The undergraduate projects were funded by Liberty University and a Fulbright Research Grant. She also worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for Molecular Techniques, General Chemistry and Genetics whilst completing her undergraduate degree. After her graduation in 2018, she gained clinical observational hours in the general surgery ward at Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai.

Research Interests

  • Studying the interaction-mediated induction of novel secondary metabolites in Streptomyces coelicolor and Streptomyces venezuelae by Aspergillus flavusparasiticus and A. niger
  • The identification of cognate bacterial biosynthetic genes and its upregulation via CRISPR technology and other genome editing tools