Priyanka Baloni is a systems biologist with an expertise in metabolic modeling. Dr. Baloni’s research focuses on understanding metabolic alterations in conditions affecting human health such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and pregnancy. Her research requires skill sets of model building, big data analysis, statistical analysis, network analysis, data reduction as well as implementing machine learning algorithms for analyzing the data.
Dr. Baloni received her PhD from the Indian Institute of Science in India, where she studied host-pathogen interactions during latent tuberculosis infection using systems biology approach. The multi-level multi-scale study involved analyzing gene expression data, genome-scale metabolic network reconstruction, phenotypic microarray and sequence analysis. The main aim of her study was to identify metabolic signatures for latent tuberculosis infection and gain insights into the changes occurring in the host as well as the pathogen during latent infection. She joined ISB in 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow in Nathan Price’s group. She has led projects to understand metabolic changes in Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer and placental development. Her long-term career objective is to employ systems approaches to study transcriptional-metabolic landscape in conditions affecting human health.
PhD, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India