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Dr. Prabha D. Nair

Scientist 'G' (Senior Grade) & Scientist-in-Charge
Phone :
0471-2520242 / 262 /272
Academic Qualifications

PhD in Biomaterials Science & Technology; SCTIMST, Kerala; 1991.

M Sc. in Physical Chemistry Pune University; 1978.

B Sc. in Chemistry (Main) (Botany,Zoology); Fergusson College, Pune University; 1976.

Professional Record

Scientist G and Scientist in-charge DTERT; SCTIMST,Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala; January 2008 to date.

Visiting Professor BioEngineering; GTEC/Emory Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A; Jan 02- Jan 03 ( on leave from SCTIMST).

Visiting Professor BioEngineering; University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A; Jan 01- Dec 01 ( on sabbatical ).

Scientist G and Scientist in-charge LPA also Scientist in-charge DTERT from September 2007; SCTIMST; July 04 - to date.

Scientist F and Scientist incharge LPA; SCTIMST ; July 97- to July 04.

Scientist E ; SCTIMST; July 93 - July 97.

Scientist D; SCTIMST; July 89 - July 93.

Scientist C; SCTIMST; Mar.87 - July 89.

Scientist B; SCTIMST; Feb. 80 - Mar.87.

Lecturer in Chemistry; N.S.S College, Nemmara, Kerala; Nov.78 - Feb.80.


Member of the Task Force of Stem cells of Dept. Of Biotechnology, Govt of India.

Associate editor of "Trend in Biomaterials and Artificial Internal organs".

Member of Research Advisory Board of IIT Chennai, India.

Member of Research Advisory Board of NIT Rourkela, India.

Member Academic Committee, SCTIMST, India.

Member Search & Select committee, SCTIMST, India.

Reviewer for several international journals in biomaterials, polymers and tissue engineering such as Tissue Engineering, JBMR, Biomacromolecules, Stem Cells, JAPS, Cytotherapy etc.

Reviewer for grants for projects national and international.

Examiner PhD thesis evaluation of several Indian and international Universities.

Invited Faculty for IIT Kharagpur MMST Program.

Invited Faculty for Senior Scientists Training program of DST India conducted at NIAS, Bangalore.

Member of the DBT India scientific delegation for interactions with the Australian Stem Cell Group.

Member of the DST India scientific delegation for interactions with the Universities and Research Institutes in Israel.

Invited speaker at several national and international meetings.

Team Leader of the Program Support for Tissue engineering ( COE program) from DBT India at SCTIMST 2007 to ongoing .

Project Coordinator & P.I of a Joint Indo-US Center on Stem cells and Tissue engineering funded by IUSSTF 2007 to 2009.


Materials Research Society of India Medal, 1998.

Young Scientist award, Govt. of Kerala 1993.

BOYSCAST Fellowship, Govt of India 1991.

S.S. Joshi Prize, Univ. of Pune 1978 ( First rank ).

Best paper awards (7) as senior author at various national and international symposiums Society of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Oration, 2007.

Area of Interest

Tissue engineering and stem cell research.

Polymeric biomaterials ( Conventional, biomimetic, nanostructured) for TE scaffolds and medical devices.

Current Activities

Tissue engineering with research programs in the areas of pancreas, vascular and orthopedic tissues as well as lung tissue engineering.

Development of Biomaterial scaffolds ( polymeric, biomimetic and nanostructured) which form the core technology in tissue engineering and organ regeneration applications, and polymeric membranes for immunoisolation and wound healing.

Development of polymers suitable for use in medical device research.

On-going Projects

Team Leader of Centre of Excellence Program support in Tissue Engineering at SCTIMS; DBT India; 2007-12.

Co-P.I of Epithelial to mesenchymal interaction in tissue engineered hybrid artificial lung - role of angiogenesis factors; DBT India; 2009-12.


8 patents - ( Indian - 4 granted, US and international -2 granted, 2 filed).


Vice President, Society of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, India.

Life Member Materials Research Society of India.

Convenor, MRSI TVM Chapter 1998 to 2000.

Life Member Society of Polymer Science India.

Life Member Society of Biomaterials and Artificial Organs, India.



Present Phd students : Lynda V Thomas, Remya N.S, Neena Aloysius, Merlin Rajesh Lal.

Past PhD students : Neethu Mohan, SudhakarM, Sheela George.

COE Project Personnel : Dr. Shiny Velayudhan, Dr. Sajeev U.S, Mr Sumesh ( Shared with DAIO), Dr V Lekshmy ( Shared with DIMT), Dr Dhanya Gangadharan, Mr Dhanesh V.

Phadnis, Smruti M; Joglekar, Mugdha V; Dalvi, Maithili P; Muthyala, Sudhakar; Nair, Prabha D; Ghaskadbi, Surendra M; Bhonde, Ramesh R; Hardikar, Anandwardhan A, Human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells differentiate and mature into endocrine pancreatic lineage in vivo., Cytotherapy, 2011, 13; 279-93, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21039304
Nair, P.D.; Aloysious, N., Perspectives of Islet Cell Transplantation as a Therapeutic Approach for Diabetes Mellitus, Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering, From Cells to Organs, 2011, 2; 435-454
Muthyala, S.; Raj, VR; Mohanty, M.; Mohanan, PV; Nair, P.D., The reversal of diabetes in rat model using mouse insulin producing cells-A combination approach of tissue engineering and macroencapsulation, Acta Biomaterialia, 2011,
Muthyala, Sudhakar; Bhonde, Ramesh R; Nair, Prabha D, Cytocompatibility studies of mouse pancreatic islets on gelatin--PVP semi IPN scaffolds in vitro: potential implication towards pancreatic tissue engineering., Islets, 2010, 2; 357-66, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21157182
Kadam, S.S.; Sudhakar, M.; Nair, P.D.; Bhonde, R.R., Reversal of experimental diabetes in mice by transplantation of neo-islets generated from human amnion-derived mesenchymal stromal cells using immuno-isolatory macrocapsules, Cytotherapy, 2010, 1-10
Kadam, S.; Muthyala, S.; Nair, P.; Bhonde, R., Original Data, Rev Diabet Stud, 2010, 7; 168-182
Mohan, Neethu; Nair, Prabha D; Tabata, Yasuhiko, Growth factor-mediated effects on chondrogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in 3D semi-IPN poly(vinyl alcohol)-poly(caprolactone) scaffolds., J Biomed Mater Res A, 2010, 94; 146-59, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20128001
Ranjan, A.K.; Kumar, U.; Hardikar, A.A.; Poddar, P.; Nair, P.D.; Hardikar, A.A., Human Blood Vessel-Derived Endothelial Progenitors for Endothelialization of Small Diameter Vascular Prosthesis, PLoS One, 2009, 4; e7718
Chandra, Vikash; G, Swetha; Phadnis, Smruti; Nair, Prabha D; Bhonde, Ramesh R, Generation of pancreatic hormone-expressing islet-like cell aggregates from murine adipose tissue-derived stem cells., Stem Cells, 2009, 27; 1941-53, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19544426
Radhakumary, C.; Nair, P.D.; Nair, CP; Mathew, S., Chitosan-comb-graft-polyethylene glycol monomethacrylatea--Synthesis, characterization, and evaluation as a biomaterial for hemodialysis applications, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2009, 114; 2873-2886