G. Balakrish Nair currently works in the Research, Policy and Cooperation Unit of WHO South-east Asia in New Delhi. His previous roles included the Executive Director of the Translational Health Science Technology Institute (THSTI) and the Director of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED). After leaving NICED in 2000, he spent 7 years working at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases in Dhaka as Director of the Laboratory Science Division.
Dr. Nair has authored over 500 research papers, primarily focussing on enteric pathogens such as Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera. More recently he has been researching the Human Microbiome with particular interest in the human gut microbiota and was instrumental in creating the Centre for Human Microbial Ecology at THSTI.
Dr. Nair is a Fellow of all the major National Academies of India, TWAS and the American Academy of Microbiology. Additionally he is Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and Member of Leopoldina.