Dr Balan is an experienced researcher with a broad background encompassing nutrition, muscle biology, meat biochemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacy.

He completed his PhD (Nutrition) at Massey University on Effects of orally administered ovine serum immunoglobulin in the normal and Salmonella enteritidis– challenged growing rat. This built on his MSc (Immunopharmacology) from University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) in the UK and an M.Pharm and B.Pharm from the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University in India.

Prior to taking his current role, Dr Balan spent 3 years working for a NZ Government Research Centre, AgResearch, as part of their Food and Bio-based Products team. He has published in excess of 30 scientific works including patents, peer reviewed scientific publications, external and internal reports.

As part of his Research Officer position Dr Balan, is currently supervising two Alpha-Massey Natural Nutraceuticals Research Centre funded PhD projects (in NZ grown ginseng and kiwifruit). Apart from this, Dr Balan is also working on probiotics, antioxidants, anti-ageing and sleep research works.