Nag, Anish


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Young Hall 3077B

Short Biography

A native of India, Anish received a combined B.S. and M.S. (hons.) in Industrial Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study in the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry where he received a M.S. degree in chemistry in 2015 and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 2019, under the supervision of Prof. Catherine F. Clarke.  While doing his graduate research, Anish became keenly interested in working on interdisciplinary research bridging the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, bio-organic chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology.  As a graduate student, Anish co-authored four published research papers.
His awards at UCLA include a 2019 Pfizer-UCLA Dissertation Award, a 2018 John Stauffer Research Award, and a 2016 Hanson Dow Excellence in Teaching Award.
Anish joined the UCLA faculty in August 2019 as a Boyer Teacher-Scholar.  He conducts postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Professor William Gelbart, continuing to widen the horizons of his scientific curiosities and expertise by conducting multi-disciplinary research that involves the study of viruses and virus like particles (VLPs) in novel therapeutics. In particular, Anish is attempting to target ovarian cancer utilizing a combination of self-replicating RNA therapeutics and small molecule anti-tumor treatments via VLP based drug delivery systems.  Starting in the Fall of 2019, Anish will also teach Chemistry 14D.


  • 1. “Treatment with 2,4-Dihydroxybenzoic Acid Prevents FSGS Progression and Renal Fibrosis in PodocyteSpecific Coq6 Knockout Mice”. Eugen Widmeier, Merlin Airik, Hannah Hugo, David Schapiro, Johannes Wedel, Chandra C. Ghosh, Makiko Nakayama, Ronen Schneider, Agape M. Awad, Anish Nag, Jang Cho, Markus Schueler, Catherine F. Clarke, Rannar Airik, and Friedhelm Hildebrandt. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol., 2019, 30, 393-405. 
  • 2.“Coenzyme Q10 deficiencies: pathways in yeast and humans”. *Agape M. Awad, *Michelle C. Bradley, *Lucía Fernández-del-Rio, *Anish Nag, *Hui Tsui, and Catherine F. Clarke. Essays in Biochemistry, 2018, July.  
  • 3. “Chromatin-remodeling SWI/SNF complex regulates coenzyme Q6 synthesis and a metabolic shift to respiration in yeast”. *Agape M. Awad, *Srivats Venkataramanan, Anish Nag, Anoop Raj Galivanche, Michelle C. Bradley, Lauren Neves, Stephen Douglass, Catherine F. Clarke, and Tracy L. Johnson. J. Biol. Chem., 2017, 292, 14851. 
  • 4. “Kaempferol increases levels of coenzyme Q in kidney cells and serves as a biosynthetic ring precursor”. *Lucía Fernández-del-Río, Anish Nag, Elena Gutiérrez Casado, Julia Ariza, Agape M. Awad, Akil I. Joseph, Ohyun Kwon, Eric Verdin, Rafael de Cabo, Claus Schneider, Jorge Z. Torres, María I. Burón, Catherine F. Clarke, and José M. Villalba. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2017, 110, 176.