Aswathy Rai

Aswathy Rai

Assistant Teaching Professor
Undergraduate Coordinator

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • M.P.P.A., Mississippi State University
  • M.S., Madurai Kamaraj University, India
  • B.S., Bharathiar University, India

Courses Taught:
  • BCH 4603/6603: General Biochemistry 1
  • BCH 4613/6613: General Biochemistry II
  • BCH 4414/6414: Protein Methods
  • BCH 4804/6804: Molecular Biology Methods
  • BCH 4990/6990: Special Topics: Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease

Society Membership:
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Association of Biochemistry Educators


  • Nanduri, B., L. A. Shack, A. N. Rai, W. B. Epperson, W. Baumgartner, T. B. Schmidt, M. J. Edelmann. 2016. Use of focused ultrasonication in activity-based profiling of deubiquitinating enzymes in tissue. Analytical Biochemistry 515:9-13. Download
  • Rai, A. N., J. A. Thornton, J. Stokes, I. Sunesara, E. Swiatio, B. Nanduri. 2016. Polyamine transporter in Streptococcus pneumoniae is essential for evading early innate immune responses in pneumococcal pneumonia. Scientific Reports 6:26964. Download
  • Donaldson, J. R., K. Hercik, A. N. Rai, S. Reddy, M. L. Lawrence, B. Nanduri, M. J. Edelmann. 2015. Listeria and-OMICS approaches for understanding its biology. Pages 135-158 in S. C. Ricke, J. R. Donaldson, C. A. Phillips (eds.), Food Safety: Emerging Issues, Technologies and Systems. Elsevier. Download
  • Rai, A. N., W. B. Epperson, B. Nanduri. 2015. Application of functional genomics for bovine respiratory disease diagnostics. Bioinformatics and Biology Insights 9s2. Download
  • Rai, A. N., M. L. Vargas, L. Wang, E. F. Andersen, E. L. Miller, J. A. Simon. 2013. Elements of the polycomb repressor SU(Z)12 needed for histone H3-K27 methylation, the interface with E(Z), and in vivo function. Molecular and Cellular Biology 33(24):4844-4856. Download
  • Chen, S., L. R. Bohrer, A. N. Rai, Y. Pan, L. Gan, X. Zhou, A. Bagchi, J. A. Simon, H. Huang. 2010. Cyclin-dependent kinases regulate epigenetic gene silencing through phosphorylation of EZH2. Nature Cell Biology 12:1108-1114. Download
  • Jensen, E. D., A. K. Nair, J. J. Westendorf. 2007. Histone deacetylase co-repressor complex control of Runx2 and bone formation. Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression 17(3):187-197. Download
  • Schroeder, T. M., A. N. Nair, R. Staggs, A. Lamblin, J. J. Westendorf. 2007. Gene profile analysis of osteoblast genes differentially regulated by histone deacetylase inhibitors. BMC Genomics 8:362. Download