Kalpana Balakrishnan, PhD

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Kalpana Balakrishnan, PhD 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.


  1. Balakrishnan, K., Ghosh, S., Thangavel, G., Sambandam, S., Mukhopadhyay, K., & Puttaswamy, N. et al. (2018). Exposures to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and birthweight in a rural-urban, mother-child cohort in Tamil Nadu, India. Environmental Research, 161, 524-531.

  2. Balakrishnan, K. (2018). Fueling Clean Household Environments. Ecohealth15(4), 876-877.

  3. Pillarisetti, A., Gill, M., Allen, T., Madhavan, S., Dhongade, A., Ghorpade, M., Roy, S., Balakrishnan, K., Juvekar, S. and Smith, K. R. (2018). A Low-Cost Stove Use Monitor to Enable Conditional Cash Transfers. Ecohealth15(4), 768-776.

  4. Shupler, M., Balakrishnan, K., Ghosh, S., Thangavel, G., Stroud-Drinkwater, S., & Adair-Rohani, H. et al. (2018). Global household air pollution database: Kitchen concentrations and personal exposures of particulate matter and carbon monoxide. Data In Brief21, 1292-1295.

  5. Patel, S., Leavey, A., Sheshadri, A., Kumar, P., Kandikuppa, S., Tarsi, J., Mukhopadhyay, K., Johnson, P., Balakrishnan, K., Schechtman, K. B., Castro, M., Yadama, G. and Biswas, P. (2018). Associations between household air pollution and reduced lung function in women and children in rural southern India. Journal Of Applied Toxicology38(11), 1405-1415.

  6. Gordon, T., Balakrishnan, K., Dey, S., Rajagopalan, S., Thornburg, J., & Thurston, G. et al. (2018). Air pollution health research priorities for India: Perspectives of the Indo-U.S. Communities of Researchers. Environment International119, 100-108.

  7. Sanchez, M., Ambros, A., Milà, C., Salmon, M., Balakrishnan, K., & Sambandam, S. et al. (2018). Development of land-use regression models for fine particles and black carbon in peri-urban South India. Science Of The Total Environment634, 77-86.

  8. Balakrishnan, K., & Survesan, S. (2018). Anaesthetic management and perioperative outcomes of cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy: A retrospective analysis. Indian Journal Of Anaesthesia62(3), 188.

  9. Krishna, B., Balakrishnan, K., Siddiqui, A., Begum, B., Bachani, D., & Brauer, M. (2017). Tackling the health burden of air pollution in South Asia. BMJ, j5209.

  10. Tonne, C., Salmon, M., Sanchez, M., Sreekanth, V., Bhogadi, S., Sambandam, S., Balakrishnan, K., Kinra, S. and Marshall, J. D. (2017). Integrated assessment of exposure to PM 2.5 in South India and its relation with cardiovascular risk: Design of the CHAI observational cohort study. International Journal Of Hygiene And Environmental Health220(6), 1081-1088.