Dr Biju Balakrishnan

Postdoctoral Researcher

Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development

place Health Sciences Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biju received his veterinary medical training and a masters training in immunology from India. After working with Ranbaxy on New Drug Discovery Research for two years, he moved to New Zealand, where he received his PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Auckland. During his academic and industrial tenure, he established skill sets in the areas of molecular biology, microbiology, toxicology, vaccine /formulation development, drug discovery and molecular diagnostics. His current research interests include cancer immunology, drug discovery, microbiome, and nutritional interventions on the prevention, control and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases in humans and animals.


PhD (Molecular Medicine) - The University of Auckland, New Zealand

MVSc (Veterinary Immunology) - Indian Veterinary Research Institute, India

BVSc (Veterinary Medicine) - Kerala Agricultural University, India

Honours, awards and grants

2013-2014 Lottery Health Research Grant (Value NZ$46800) at the University of Otago, New Zealand

2012-2013 Bayer-Bomac Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Otago, New Zealand

2006-2010 National Research Centre for Growth and Development & the Liggins Institute PhD Scholarship at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

2001-2003 Indian Veterinary Research Institute Junior Research Fellowship (IVRI-JRF) at IVRI, India

Research expertise
Biochemistry and cell biology
Food sciences
Industrial biotechnology
Medical biotechnology
Medical microbiology
Medical physiology
Molecular biology
Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Veterinary sciences
Further information

Positions held:

2017-2019 Research Fellow – The Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

2013-2017 Research Fellow & Theme Leader Biopharmaceutics & Veterinary Microbiology, Bayer Centre for Dairy Animal Health, University of Otago, New Zealand

2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow – New Zealand’s National School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, New Zealand

2011-2011 Research Associate – The Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

2010-2011 Molecular Scientist – Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland, New Zealand

2004-2006 Research Scientist – New Drug Discovery Research, Ranbaxy Laboratories, India

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