Balaka is a materials scientist with extensive research experience in organic chemistry, polymers, and materials science. Currently, she is working as an independent chemical consultant. With 10+ years of R&D experience in academia, industry and national laboratories in Japan, USA and India. She also has a successful experience of co-founding a start-up company in Akron, Ohio, USA that won several entrepreneurial awards.
She has also contributed in writing and developing many research/business proposals worth several million dollars. She has a Ph.D in Chemistry from Okayama University in Japan, have 5 industrial patents and have published more than 15 papers in peer-reviewed international journals of high impact factor.