Bala’s research interests include Molecular and Cellular Approaches to understand and Treat Diseases of the Eye. He has published over 145 research papers and 2 books.
His other major interest includes work in the area of Public Understanding of Science, through popular science newspaper columns, radio and TV programs. In this context he has published over 300 popular articles and 6 books. Apart from working with governments and various agencies on issues of science and technology, Bala has been Chairman – Biotechnology Advisory Council Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Readers of the Century plus old English Newspaper in India "The Hindu" eagerly look forward week after week for his immensely popular Speaking of Science article.
The Honours and Awards won by him include Padma Shri by the President of India in 2002 as well as “Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merite” by the President of France in the same year.
He is also Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of Third World Academy of Sciences, Fellow of International Molecular Biology Network as well as Fellow of all the three Indian Science Academies. In 1981, he was awarded the Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Science, India and he is also recipient of the Ranbaxy, Goyal, Bhasin and FICCI Awards, India. In 1995 he bagged the Third World Academy of Science Award in Basic Medical Sciences and the Khwarizmi Award of Iran in Basic Medical Sciences in 1996.
The year 1997 saw him receiving the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science. Year 2002 he received both the Indian National Science Academy’s Indira Gandhi Prize for Science Popularization and the DST / NCSTC National Prize for Science Popularization. In 1965, Bala obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University USA and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at University of Minnesota Medical School during 1965-1966.
Proud to be BITSian, D Bala obtained his M.Sc. Chemistry from erstwhile Birla College of Science in 1959. Bala made his nostalgic golden jubilee year of graduation reunion visit to BITS Pilani on September 11, 2009 in connection with the third memorial lecture in honour of Prof V Lakshminarayanan (VLN) who was the first director of BITS Pilani.
The lecture titled “My Forays into Space – Some Interesting Experiences”
The occasion also saw Distinguished Alumnus of BITS Pilani and Proud to be BITSian D Bala receiving the coveted Alumni award from Vice Chancellor BITS Pilani Prof L K Maheshwari and Prof R K Mittal President BITS Alumni Association. The thunderous applause in the jam packed Lecture Theatre Complex of the Institute must have measured well over 8 in the Richter scale!!
Prof D Bala can be contacted at Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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