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Kalpana Balakrishnan, PhD

Dr. Kalpana Balakrishnan obtained her doctoral degree in biophysics and subsequent post-doctoral training in Environmental Health Engineering both at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Her fields of specialization include occupational and environmental health risk assessment, exposure assessment, industrial hygiene, and industrial toxicology. As Head of the Department Environmental Health Engineering in Chennai, India, her responsibilities include coordination of all activities of the department with special emphasis on management of extramural grants, execution of all major research projects, industrial consultancy, and administration of academic and short-term training. She is a well-recognized international expert in environmental health and serves many reputed organizations including the World Health Organization, World Bank, the Indian Council for Medical Research, and the Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board in multiple technical capacities.