Dr. Baskar Balakrishnan has completed his undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degree all in Microbiology. Currently working at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA in the field of Microbial Immunology. He specialized in gut microbiome and its relationship to autoimmune diseases. He also has extensive experience in food microbiology and food safety. He developed novel immunofluorescence techniques for the detection of pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, Shigella, Listeria, Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli (strains like O157:H7, O104:H4 and O111:H8)). He has extensive knowledge in the field of Microbiology and molecular biology research. He worked on the antimicrobial compounds and their role in preventing the microbial diseases. He worked with various types of microbes in his entire research careers like anoxygenic, photosynthetic, halophilic, halotolerant, psychrophilic, mesophilic and pathogenic microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, virus, algae and parasites. Similarly, he had experience in animal handlings, animal cell culture, and microbial genetics. He worked with microalgae diversity of the mid-west United States and its biotechnological applications. He also has extensive experience in environmental sciences. Mostly, the interaction of microbes with heavy metals pollution, coral reef health, and coastal pollution. He also has extensive experiences in antibody immunology and its use in in-vitro bacterial detection. Also, has extensive experience molecular diversity analysis of microbes through 16 S rRNA gene sequencing and metagenomics analysis. He also has good teaching experience, mentored many undergraduate and postgraduate students for their research projects. Through his excellence in research, he honored with many research fellowships.
His research interest is in the interaction of the human immune system with gut microbiota. Notably, the relationship between gut microbes and autoimmune diseases. Stabilizing the effect of gut microbial dysbiosis, through the administration of good microbiota.