Balaji Rao, PhDProfessor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University
Dr. Balaji Rao is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and the Director of Academic Programs in Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at NCSU. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai (Mumbai, India) in 1999, his S.M in Chemical Engineering practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) in 2001, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) in 2004. He also completed his post-doctoral studies in stem cell biology in 2006 at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada). Dr. Rao’s lab at North Carolina State University is engaged in research in two areas: 1) Study of molecular mechanisms underlying development of trophoblast cells in early human placenta using in vitro models and 2) Design of stable, non-antibody, binding proteins and peptides – a molecular toolbox – to uniquely enable research in cell and developmental biology.