Research Mission



Our laboratory includes basic science and translational research with 2 main areas of interest:​

  • understanding nasal epithelium in health and disease, and​
  • promoting upper airway mucosal regeneration in response to injury from surgery, chemicals, and toxins in human and animal model systems. ​

Out research also includes understanding nasal immune system dysfunctions in patients with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and rhinosinusitis​

The ultimate goal of our efforts is to more effectively treat debilitating inflammatory sinus disorders, particularly with regard to empty nose syndrome (ENS) and to create functional respiratory mucosal issue grafts/lining material to address upper (nasal) and lower (pulmonary) airway diseases​







Nayak Research Lab, 2019





Our Funding and Support

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CA Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) 2017-2019 Co-I with Drs. Matthew Porteus, Calvin Kuo, Tushar Desai

Philanthropic Support: Anonymous Donor Support

CCHI – “Influenza virus tropism for human nasal epithelial basal cells of the upper airway.”