Senior Vice President and Director,
Institute for Systems Biology
Interaction with the environment is central to how information within our DNA is decoded into observable phenotypes. Dr. Baliga and his laboratory are using a multidisciplinary systems approach to understand this process. Once delineated, the engineering principles governing assembly of biological systems will help unlock potentials within diverse organisms. By responsibly using this information we will be able to power spectacular solutions for problems in environment and medicine. Dr. Baliga holds an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Ruia College, India, and a MSc in Marine Biotechnology from Goa University, India. Dr. Baliga conducted his doctoral studies in Microbiology at University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his postdoctoral studies in systems biology with Dr. Leroy Hood at ISB. During his predoctoral studies, he won two competitive awards from the government of India: the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Department of Biotechnology. Dr. Baliga has also made significant contributions to high school science education throughout Washington. His primary goal is to develop mind-stimulating lessons that will prepare a new generation of scientists. Research in Dr. Baliga’s laboratory is supported by research grants from the NSF, NIH, NASA and DOE. Learn more about research and education efforts in the Baliga Laboratory by going here.