Prof. Hemalatha Balaram obtained her PhD from the Indian Institute of Science and carried out post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco, USA. After a brief stint at ASTRA Research Centre India she joined JNCASR in 1996 as Faculty Fellow and is a Professor since 2008. She was the Dean of Academic Affairs from 2008-2011 and has been the Dean of Faculty Affairs since 2015.
Prof. Balaram is a biochemist with several years of experience in the areas of molecular parasitology, metabolism in parasitic protozoa, molecular enzymology and protein structure-function analysis. The focus of research in her laboratory is on understanding biochemical pathways and metabolism in the malaria parasite Plasmodium and on protein structure-function analysis of enzymes involved in purine nucleotide synthesis and fumarate metabolism in the parasite.
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