Dr. Kalpana Balakrishnan obtained her undergraduate degree from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and subsequently her doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University, USA.
She is a leading global environmental health scientist in India, spearheading research and academic efforts in the areas of health effects of air pollution and chemical risk assessment. Her primary scientific contributions are centered on (i) developing novel exposure assessment approaches to characterize the complex exposures experienced by rural and urban populations in LMICs and (ii) designing and conducting strategic epidemiological investigations in India to catalyze policy level actions by leveraging across the national and global pools of evidence.
Her high impact publications have been extensively cited. In 2020 and 2021, she was ranked among the among the top 2% of scientists in the field of General and Internal Medicine in an independent study conducted by Stanford University.
She has contributed to several national and international technical assessments concerned with air quality including the Global Burden of Disease and Comparative Risk Assessments, The IARC Monographs, The Global Energy Assessments, The World Health Organisation Air Quality Guidelines and India State level Burden of Disease Initiative. She is also a Fellow of the National Academy Of Medical Sciences, India.
She currently serves as member of the National Steering Committee on Air Pollution Related Issues for Health Effects for the Ministry of Health Govt. of India and the Indian Council for Medical Research led National Task Force for assessment of impact of initiatives to promote clean household energy.
She is recipient of many awards including the Clarivate India Research Excellence Citation award, the Public Health Foundation of India award for Outstanding Scientist in Public Health, The Hari Om Ashram Trust Award for Outstanding Scientist administered by the University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, the Outstanding Woman Scientist Award of The Government of Tamil Nadu and The Award for Excellence in Environmental Health Research administered by Harvard Medical International.
World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
SRU-ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Air Quality, Climate and Health
Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Faculty of Public Health
Sri Ramachandra Institute for Higher Education and Research, Porur, Chennai – 600116, India
Venkatachalam, P., a Professor in Human Genetics is keen in understating on inheritance of disease traits and its etiology and dissipating it to the students and affected/caregivers. His research interest is to relate chromosome aberrations and mutations in the human genome into radiation biodosimetry and clinical genetic diagnosis. His determined contribution along with national laboratories resulted in the sustenance of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board accreditation to the Department of Human Genetics, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research. His trustworthy expertise and networking proficiency among national /international laboratories certainly would be of great assistance to manage exposed population in the event of a radiation emergency. Besides, he is enthusiastic to investigate (i) non-DNA targeted effects of ionizing radiation, and (ii) low-dose medical radiation exposure: both are highly vital areas to understand the health impact of exposure to the double-edged sword "radiation". He is striving to excel in those areas where expertise and knowledge gained during his post-doctoral training at New Jersey Medical School, USA.
Venkatachalam has by now laid building blocks with the support of national agencies as well as graduate and doctoral research fellows. As a principal investigator, received grants-in-aid from national research agencies like Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) to establish the facility at SRIHER and instrumental in developing man power by means of training Doctoral (13) and post-graduate (40) students. Thus Prof. P. Venkatachalam, has contributed to the development of an important and rare specialty (radiation Biodosimetry) within the country and producing trained manpower at national level. He earned the “Doctorate in Science”, a substantiation for his unswerving contribution to the field of Human genetics in specific “Radiation Biology”.
Associate Dean (Research)
Professor and Head, Department of Human Genetics
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research,Porur, Chennai-600 116