Rajasekhar Balasubramanian

Rajasekhar Balasubramanian (Bala) has joined NUS in 1996. Prior to joining NUS, he was a research scientist at Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health. He has broad teaching and research interests that cut across environmental sustainability, climate change and urban air quality. He has helped establish the Environmental Engineering educational program offered by NUS and taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses. The main goal of his interdisciplinary research is to advance understanding of environmental and health impacts of air pollution on scales ranging from local to global, and to develop cost-effective technologies and formulate regulatory strategies to mitigate these impacts. He is currently the principal investigator of a multi-national, multi-institutional collaborative research project that provides new insights into the health impacts of airborne particulate matter emitted from diverse sources and technological solutions to mitigate such impacts.
Prof Bala has received many teaching awards including the Engineering Educator Award (5 times) and the NUS Annual Teaching Excellent Award (3 times). The quality of his research has been recognized with multiple awards including Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Department of the Navy (USA) (2014), the Research Project of the Year Award (2015), Sustainable Technology Award (2015) and Energy Award (2016) from the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and the Highly Cited Research Article Award (Elsevier) (2016). His PhD thesis advisees have received several research awards at both national and international levels.
He is a Lead Author for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)’s 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Report, focusing on cross-cutting issues on environment and health. He is a member of the Science Panel of the Asia-Pacific Clean Air Partnership (APCAP), appointed by UNEP, and is on the Board of Directors of the Asian Aerosol Research Assembly. He has delivered numerous plenary/keynote lectures in regional and international conferences. His research achievements have been covered by the international media such as the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Straits Times, CNN and Channel News Asia.

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Small Organisms, Big Solutions: Microbiomes & Sustainability (edX)

The course is an introduction to microbiomes and sustainability. It argues that global microbiomes are fundamentally relevant to sustainability. Topics include principles of sustainability, sustainable development, microbiomes in humans and the environment, bioremediation, and bioretention.

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The course is an introduction to microbiomes and sustainability. It argues that global microbiomes are fundamentally relevant to sustainability. Topics include principles of sustainability, sustainable development, microbiomes in humans and the environment, bioremediation, and bioretention. For more than 3.5 billion years microbes and their communities (microbiomes) have shaped the [...]