Hari Nair, PhD

Dr. Nair received his PhD under the advice of Prof. Vicki Wysocki at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA with specialization in the study of gas phase dissociation of biomolecules in a mass spectrometer. Since then after an NRC postdoctoral fellowship at the US Army, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, he has worked for over a decade in the industry as a senior scientist at companies such as Applied Biosysems, where he participated in the development of novel mass spectrometric instrumentation for biotechnology applications and at Perkin Elmer where he was involved in the development and validation of IVD kits for new born screening and clinical labs. He received his clinical chemistry certification from the Department of Lab Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle and working concurrently as a scientific staff in the clinical mass spectrometry department. After a brief stint as a consultant to toxicology labs, he joined Boston Heart Diagnostics, Framingham, MA as the technical director. Currently, he serves as the Laboratory director for Boston Heart Diagnostics. Dr. Nair has published several peer reviewed articles and has authored a patent. He served as a consulting editor for a med tech text book and co-edited another book that offer guidance to laboratories in the implementation of mass spectrometry platform in their laboratories - both of which were published by Elsevier.

Recent Posts

Sleep Deprivation and Its Link to Obesity and Metabolic Disorders

Posted by Hari Nair, PhD on Jan 26, 2018 11:03:00 AM

Losing sleep over sleep deprivation? On average, Americans live for approximately 75 years, of which they spend about 25 years sleeping. There is perhaps no other single activity that preoccupies a human life as much as sleep does.

Sleep is a universal trait in the animal kingdom and is likely an evolutionary survival tool. It is speculated that sleep offers adaptive inactivity to ensure that species are not active and exposed to predators when they are most vulnerable. Other theories include energy conservation theory, restorative theory (time for the brain to repair itself) and brain plasticity theory (sleep correlated to bodily changes such as growing children needing more sleep than grown adults). Although there is no consistent empirical data to pin any of these theories to the evolutionary purpose of sleep, biological truth about the purpose of sleep is likely hidden among all of these theories. What we do know, is that sleep is not, however, a state of unconsciousness as envisioned in the early days, but is a highly metabolically active state.

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Health and Wellness, Clinical and Science

“Interventional Cardiology Delivered with a Fork???”

Posted by Hari Nair, PhD on Nov 24, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Recently, I attended the Cardiometabolic Health Congress in Boston and had the opportunity to sit in on a talk given by an interventional cardiologist, Stephen Devries MD, FACC from Gaples Institute of Integrative Cardiology in Deerfield, IL. His presentation was titled “Interventional Cardiology Delivered with a Fork.” I went into the presentation expecting to learn about the new developments in interventional cardiology and how diagnostic testing may be beneficial to an interventional cardiologist. Instead, I was subjected to the idea that the most effective tool in the hands of an interventional cardiologist is, in fact, non-FDA regulated therapeutic agents such as blueberries, spinach, salmon and olive oil. Sure, growing up we are all told to eat our veggies and limit our candy consumption, but an interventional cardiologist rolling out these time tested clichés as interventional therapy? This was surprising.

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Clinical and Science