CURRICULUM VITAE

  • Sundar Balasubramanian, PhD
  • Department of Radiation Oncology
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Charleston, SC 29425, USA
  • Tel: 843-876-2296 (Lab)
  • Mobile: 843-864-7787
  • balasubr@musc.edu
  • sundara@gmail.com

 

  • Research Assistant Professor (January 2011-present) Medical University of South Carolina, USA
  • Yoga Instructor/Researcher –ACS Hope Lodge, Veterans Affairs Mental Health, Hollings Cancer Center
  • MUSC Graduate School Faculty Member
  • MUSC Faculty Senate Member (2012-14)
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  • Areas of Expertise: Integrative Medicine/Yoga Biology, Biomarkers, Behavioral modifications, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Confocal Microscopy, Cancer Cell Signaling, mRNA Regulation, and Extracellular Matrix Remodeling

 

  • Positions
  • Research Instructor (2006-Dec 2010)
  • Director: Confocal Microscopy Core, Gazes Cardiac Research Institute
  • Medical University of South Carolina, USA  
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  • Associate Research Scientist (2003-2006)
  • Yale University, USA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (1999- 2003)
  • Gazes Cardiac Research Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, USA
  • American Heart Association Post-doctoral Fellow 2001-2003
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  • Research Associate (1998-1999)
  • National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India
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  •  Senior Research Fellow (1994-1997)
  • University of Madras, Funded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India
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  •  Junior Research Fellow (1993-1994)
  • University of Madras, Funded by RD Birla Smarak Kosh Endowment, Mumbai, India

Education

  • PhD  Biochemistry (Immunoassay and Immunotherapy). University of Madras, India. 1998
  • MSc  Biochemistry. University of Madras, India. 1992
  • BSc  Chemistry. Madurai Kamaraj University, India. 1990

Patent

  • Translational research patent filed through MUSC, 2015
  • “Markers of response for anti-cancer therapy and methods for treating patients having such markers”

 Books

PranaScience: Decoding Yoga Breathing. Notion Press, 2017 (to be released in January 2017)

Book Chapter “Salivary biomarker expression following Yogic breathing method of Thirumoolar”. In Scientific Mechanisms of Yoga (Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, India. To be released in 2017)

Certifications

  •             Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) – Certified by International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
  •             Core Clinical Research Training Certificate – Medical University of South Carolina, 2013
  •             Certificate in Teaching Methods – Medical University of South Carolina, 2011

Awards

  • MUSC Ideas Campaign – One of top 5 winners for idea improving employee health using Yogic Breathing. Dec 2015

Publications in Peer-Reviewed International Journals

  1. Sambandam Y, Baird KL, Stroebel M, Kowal E, Balasubramanian S, Reddy SV. Microgravity Induction of TRAIL Expression in Preosteoclast Cells Enhances Osteoclast Differentiation. Scientific Reports 6:25143 (2016)
  2. Twal WO, Wahlquist AE, Balasubramanian S. Yogic breathing when compared to attention control reduces the levels of pro-inflammatory biomarkers in saliva: a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 16:294 (2016)
  3. Sambandam Y, Sakamuri S, Balasubramanian S, Haque A. RANK ligand modulation of autophagy in oral squamous cell carcinoma tumor cells. J Cell Biochem. 117: 118-125 (2016)
  4. Sundararaj K, Pleasant DL, Moschella PC, Panneerselvam K, Balasubramanian S, Kuppuswamy D. mTOR Complexes Repress Hypertrophic Agonist-Stimulated Expression of Connective Tissue Growth Factor in Adult Cardiac Muscle Cells. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 67: 110-120 (2016)
  5. Balasubramanian S, Pleasant DL, Kasiganesan H, Quinones L, Zhang Y, Sundararaj KP, Roche S, O'Connor R, Bradshaw AD, Kuppuswamy D. Dasatinib attenuates pressure overload induced cardiac fibrosis in a murine transverse aortic constriction model. PLoS One 10: e0140273 (2015)
  6. Hainan Lang, Yazhi Xing, LaShardai N. Brown, Devadoss J. Samuvel, Clarisse H. Panganiban, Luke T. Havens, Balasubramanian S, Michael Wegner, Edward L. Krug and Jeremy L. Barth. Neural stem/progenitor cell properties of glial cells in the adult mouse auditory nerve. Scientific Reports, 5:13383 (2015)
  7. *Balasubramanian S (*Corresponding Author), Janech MG and Warren GW. Alterations in Salivary Proteome Following Single Twenty Minutes Session of Yogic Breathing. Evid. Based Complement. Alternat. Med. Article ID 376029 (2015)
  8. Sundaram K, Sambandam Y, Balasubramanian S, Pillai B, Voelkel-Johnson C, Ries WL, and Reddy SV. STAT-6 mediates TRAIL induced RANK ligand expression in stromal/preosteoblast cells. Bone 71: 137–144 (2015) 
  9. *Balasubramanian S (*Corresponding Author), Mintzer JE, Wahlquist AE. Induction of Salivary Nerve Growth Factor by Yogic Breathing: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Intl Psychogeriatr 27:168-170 (2015)
  10. Talwar S, House R, Sundaramurthy S, Balasubramanian S, Yu H, Palanisamy V. Inhibition of Caspases Protects Mice from Radiation-induced Oral Mucositis and Abolishes the Cleavage of RNA-binding Protein HuR. J Biol Chem. 289: 3487-3500 (2014)
  11. Moschella PC, McKillop J, Pleasant DL, Harston RK, Balasubramanian S, Kuppuswamy D. mTOR Complex 2 mediates Akt Phosphorylation that Requires PKCε in Adult Cardiac Muscle Cells. Cell Signal. 25:1904-1912 (2013)
  12. Talwar S, Balasubramanian S, Sundaramurthy S, House R, Wilusz C, Kuppuswamy D, D’Silva N, Gillespie MB, Palanisamy V. Over-expression of RNA-binding protein CELF1 prevents apoptosis and destabilizes pro-apoptotic mRNAs in oral cancer cells. RNA Biology 10: 1-10 (2013)
  13. Balasubramanian S, Quinones L, Kasiganesan H, Zhang Y, Pleasant DL, Sundararaj KP, Zile MR, Bradshaw AD and Kuppuswamy D. β3 Integrin in Cardiac Fibroblast Is Critical for Extracellular Matrix Accumulation during Pressure Overload Hypertrophy in Mouse. PLoS One 7: e45076 (2012)
  14. Harston RK, McKillop JC, Moschella PC, Van Laer AO, Quinones LS, Baicu CF, Balasubramanian S, Zile MR, Kuppuswamy D. Rapamycin treatment augments both protein ubiquitination and Akt activation in pressure-overloaded rat myocardium. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 300: H1696-H1706 (2011)
  15. Balasubramanian S (Corresponding Author), Mani S, Kasiganesan H, Baicu C and Kuppuswamy D. Hypertrophic stimulation increases β-actin dynamics in adult cardiomyocytes. PLoS One 5: e11470 (2010)
  16. Suryakumar G, Kasiganesan H, Balasubramanian S, Kuppuswamy D. Lack of beta3 integrin signaling contributes to calpain-mediated myocardial cell loss in pressure-overloaded myocardium. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 55: 567-573 (2010)
  17. Mani, S, Balasubramanian S, Zavadzkas JA, Jeffords LB, Rivers WT, Zile MR, Mukherjee R, Spinale FG and Kuppuswamy D. Calpain inhibition preserves myocardial structure and function following myocardial infarction. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 297: H1744-H1751 (2009)
  18. Balasubramanian S, Johnston RK, Moschella PC, Mani SK, Tuxworth WJ and Dhandapani Kuppuswamy. mTOR in Growth and Protection of Hypertrophying Myocardium. Current Medicinal Chemistry - Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents Med Chem 7:52-63 (2009)
  19. Johnston RK, Balasubramanian S, Kasiganesan H, Baicu C, Zile MR, Kuppuswamy D. b3-integrin mediated ubiquitination activates survival signaling in myocardial hypertrophy. FASEB J 23:2759-2771(2009)
  20. Mani SK, Shiraishi H, Balasubramanian S, Yamane K, Chellaiah M, Cooper G, Banik NL, Zile MR, Kuppuswamy D. In vivo administration of calpeptin attenuates calpain activation and cardiomyocyte loss in pressure overloaded feline myocardium. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 295:H314-H326 (2008)
  21. Willey CD, Palanisamy AP, Mani SK, Shiraishi H, Johnston RK, Tuxworth WJ, Zile MR, Balasubramanian S and Kuppuswamy D. STAT3 activation in pressure-overloaded feline myocardium: Role for integrins and the tyrosine kinase BMX. International Journal of Biological Sciences 4:184-199 (2008)
  22. Balasubramanian S, Shiraishi H, Yamane K, Mani S, Willey CD, Tuxworth WJ, Cooper, G and Kuppuswamy D. Enhanced ubiquitination of cytoskeletal proteins in pressure overloaded myocardium is accompanied by changes in specific E3 ligases. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 41:669-679 (2006)
  23. Beaudreuil J, Balasubramanian S, J. Chenais J, Taboulet J, Frenkian M, Orcel P, Jullienne A, Horne WC, de Vernejoul MC and Cressent M. Molecular characterization of two novel isoforms of the human calcitonin receptor. Gene 343: 143-151 (2004)
  24. Balasubramanian S and Kuppuswamy D. RGD-containing peptides activate S6K1 through β3 integrin in adult cardiac muscle cells Journal of Biological Chemistry 278: 42214-42224 (2003)
  25. Willey CD, Balasubramanian S, Rosas MCR, Ross R and Kuppuswamy D. Focal complex formation in adult cardiomyocytes is accompanied by the activation of αvβ3 integrin and c-Src. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 35: 671-683 (2003)
  26. Basuroy S, Sheth P, Kuppuswamy D, Balasubramanian S, Ray RM, Rao RK. Expression of Kinase-inactive c-Src Delays Oxidative Stress-induced Disassembly and Accelerates Calcium-mediated Reassembly of Tight Junctions in the Caco-2 Cell Monolayer. Journal of Biological Chemistry 278: 11916-11924 (2003) 
  27. Iijima Y, Laser M, Shiraishi H, Willey CD,  Balasubramanian, S, Xu L, McDermott PJ, Kuppuswamy D. c-Raf/MEK/ERK pathway controls PKC-mediated p70S6K activation in adult cardiac muscle cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry 277:23065-23075 (2002)
  28. Jain D, Kaur K, Balasubramanian S andSalunke DM. Structural and functional consequences of peptide-carbohydrate mimicry. Crystal structure of a carbohydrate-mimicking peptide bound to concanavalin A. Journal of Biological Chemistry 275:16098-16102 (2000)
  29. Balasubramanian S, Damodaran C and Panneerselvam D. In vivo immunoneutralisation of Thevetia nerifolia toxins using anti-thevetin Fab fragment. The Immunologist (Suppl) p.638 (1998)
  30. Jayachandran M, Jayanthi B, Balasubramanian S and Panneerselvam C. Status of lipids, lipid peroxidation and antioxidant systems with vitamin C supplementation during aging in rats. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 7:270-275 (1996)
  31. Ragupathi G, Prabhasankar P, Balasubramanian S, Annapoorani KS and Damodaran C. Determination of Cleistanthus collinus toxins by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Toxicology Methods 4:204-213 (1994)
  32. Prabhasankar P, Ragupathi G, Balasubramanian, S, Annapoorani KS and Damodaran C. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the phytotoxin thevetin. Journal of Immunoassay 14:279-296 (1993)

 

Presentations at International Scientific Meetings

  1. Sobus SL, Balasubramanian S,  Romano MA andWarren GW. The role of mTOR in mediating nicotine induced alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor activation and the regulation of radiotherapeutic response. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Philadelphia, PA, 2015
  2. Waleed O. Twal, Amy H. Wahlquist, Michael G. Janech, Graham W. Warren, and Balasubramanian S. Identification of potential salivary response biomarkers in subjects practicing yogic breathing. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Philadelphia, PA, 2015
  3. Graham W. Warren, Michelle Romano, Samantha Sobus, Balasubramanian S. Cigarette smoke and therapeutic response to chemotherapy and radiotherapy in cancer cells. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Philadelphia, PA, 2015
  4. Balasubramanian S, Kasiganesan H, Quinones L, Bradshaw A     and Kuppuswamy D. β3 integrin/PDGF receptor synergistic signaling mediates cardiac fibrosis in a mouse model of pressureoverload hypertrophy. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA, 2012
  5. Balasubramanian S. The bacterial macrolide rapamycin    promotes         survival of cardiomyocytes during hypertrophy. National Seminar            on: Role of Microbes in Health, Agriculture and Industry. Alagappa University, India. March 2012.
  6. Balasubramanian S. Use of natural and synthetic molecules to regulate myocardial integrin and mTOR signaling pathways. International Conference on       Biologically Active Molecules. Gandhigram University, India. March 2012. (Session Chair)
  7. Balasubramanian S, Kasiganesan H, Quinones L, Zhang Y, Roche S, O'Connor R, Bradshaw A and Kuppuswamy D. Role of non-receptor tyrosine kinases in cardiac fibrosis in a mouse model of pressure overload hypertrophy. American Heart Association – Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Conference 2011. New Orleans, LA.
  8. Balasubramanian S, Kasiganesan H, Quinones L, Zhang Y, Roche S, O'Connor R, Bradshaw A and Kuppuswamy D. Therapeutic potential of an anticancer drug, dasatinib to treat cardiac fibrosis in a mouse model of pressure overload hypertrophy. Keystone Symposium on Extracellular Matrix and Cardiovascular Remodeling (B2) 2011. Tahoe City, CA.
  9. Balasubramanian S, Zile MR, Bradshaw AD and Kuppuswamy D. Involvement of β3 integrin in cardiac fibroblast proliferation, Pyk2 signaling and extracellular matrix production during cardiac hypertrophy. American Society for Matrix Biology 2010. Charleston, SC.
  10. Balasubramanian S, Zile MR, Bradshaw AD and Kuppuswamy D. b3 integrin is involved in cardiac fibroblast proliferation, Pyk2 signaling and extracellular matrix production. American Society of Cell Biology. Annual Meeting 2009. San Diego, CA.
  11. Balasubramanian S, Mani S and Kuppuswamy D. b-actin dynamics in adult cardiomyocytes: possible role of Rac1. American Society of Cell Biology. Annual Meeting 2008. San Francisco, CA.
  12. Mani S, Balasubramanian S, Johnston RK and Kuppuswamy D. Calpain activation during cardiac hypertrophy is critical for the selective cleavage of myocardial cytoskeletal proteins. FASEB Summer Conference: Calpain in Health and Disease.  July 2007. Snowmass, CO.
  13. Johnston RK, Mani S, Balasubramanian S, Kuppuswamy D.  Increased ubiquitination of specific proteins in early pressure-overload myocardium may enhance survival of hypertrophying cardiomyocytes.  Abstract.  FASEB Summer Conference: Ubiquitin and Cellular Regulation.  July 2006. Saxtons River, Vermont.
  14. Balasubramanian S, Grignoux V.G, Neff L, Baron R and Horne WC. Specific isoforms of protein kinase C regulate internalization and recycling of calcitonin receptor. 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Philadelphia, PA. Sept 15-19, 2006.
  15. Balasubramanian S and Kuppuswamy D. beta 3-integrin mediates RGD-stimulated S6K1 activation in adult cardiomyocytes. XV Scientific Meeting of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension. San Antonio, TX. Apr 27-30, 2003.
  16. Balasubramanian S, Ross R and Kuppuswamy D. Integrin-stimulated S6K1 activation in adult cardiomyocytes occurs independent of focal adhesion complex formation. Students Research Day 2002. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Nov 1, 2002.
  17. Balasubramanian S and Kuppuswamy D. Integrin-mediated activation of S6K1 in cardiomyocytes. 67th Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Symposium on Quantitative Biology. New York, May 29-June 3, 2002.
  18. Balasubramanian S Damodaran C and Panneerselvam C. In vivo immunoneutralization of Thevetia nerifolia (yellow oleander) principles using anti-thevetin Fab fragments. 10th International Congress of Immunology, New Delhi, Nov 1-6, 1998.
  19. Balasubramanian S, Sarin KK, Panneerselvam C and Damodaran C. Production of monoclonal antibodies against thevetin A. 23rd Annual Conference of Indian Immunology Society. Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Dec 13 - 15, 1996.

Affiliations

  •             Member:                     American Association for Cancer Research (2014-present)
  •             Member:                     Integral Yoga Teachers Association (2013-present)
  •             Member:                     International Association of Yoga Therapists (2012-present)
  •             Member:                     American Heart Association (Intermittent)
  •             Member:                     American Society of Cell Biology (since 2007 Intermittent) 
  •             Charter Member:        National Postdoctoral Association (since 2003)
  •             Member:                     American Society for Bone & Mineral Research (2004-‘06)
  •             Member:                     New York Academy of Sciences (since 2005)

 

Board of Trustees/Directors

  • Founder Director: Yoga Education Trust, India
  • Life in Yoga, MD, USA
  • Pure Action, Austin, TX, USA

 

Yoga Certifications and Skills

Registered and Certified Yoga Instructor and Therapist

Certifications from:

Vivekananda Gurukula College, Madurai, India

Vivekananda Kenram, Kanyakumari, India

JSK Gurukulam, Puducherry/Pondicherry, India

Mastery of Yoga Teacher’s Program at Mastery of Meditation and Yoga, NJ, USA

Yoga of the Heart and Cancer, Yogaville, VA, USA

Teaching Yoga globally at academic, commercial, non-profit, cultural and community organizations

Yoga Styles:  Postures (Asana), Breathing (Pranayama), Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Songs, Chants and Bajans (Kirtan Yoga), Vasi Yoga, Chakra Meditation, Kechari Yoga, and Kriyas

 

 

Public Media / Interviews

 

Podcast: Conversation with Ashton Szabo (December 8, 2016): http://traffic.libsyn.com/sivana/SP_-_SUNDARA_B_INT_.mp3

 

New York Times article (November 9, 2016): http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/well/mind/breathe-exhale-repeat-the-benefits-of-controlled-breathing.html

 

MUSC Center on Aging Newsletter (January 2016, page 2) Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses nonconventional approaches to healing beyond traditional medicine. http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/neuroresearch/research/centers/aging/news/CoA%202016%20Jan%20Email.pdf

 

Huffington Post article (January 20, 2016): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-gavalas/two-ways-yoga-may-benefit_b_9028678.html

 

Catalyst magazine from the Medical University of South Carolina (December 7, 2015) on breathing regulation program for employee wellness: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/catalyst/archives/2015/12-4WellnessBreathe.html

 

Interview at South Carolina ETV Radio (Broadcasted on 4 days (November 9-12, 2015) via National Public Radio (NPR) member station): http://etvradio.org/post/yogic-breathing-research#stream/0

 

Healthy Lifestyles column in The Colletonian Newspaper: Learn breathing techniques to promote self-healing. http://thecolletonian.com/learn-breathing-techniques-to-promote-self-healing/

 

TEDx Talk in Charleston, SC

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIfwbEvXtwo&index=19&list=PLsRNoUx8w3rNRSzbPthIfXujQDamkHt3Z

 

Live 5 News (Widely televised by several CBS, FOX and other television channels, and shared by websites)

http://www.live5news.com/story/26598888/form-of-yoga-may-ward-off-alzheimers-disease

 

MUSC Public Relations News Release (Also contains 17 minutes video on Yogic Breathing practice)

http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/pr/newscenter/2014/yoga-breathing.html#.VMIxSSdTEgU

 

MUSC Public Relations News release on TEDx Charleston talk: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/pr/newscenter/2015/tedx-charleston.html#.VUYSb2ZTEgX

 

MUSC Global Health Newsletter (Featuring Yoga program for Middle School children in India)
http://globalhealth.musc.edu/blog/musc-researcher-explores-health-benefits-yoga

 

Yogic Breathing project selected for crowd funding by Donors Cure
https://www.donorscure.org/how-does-yogic-breathing-alter-biomarkers-in-saliva

 

Sermon at the Unitarian Church of Charleston, SC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M87y_cklaak

 

Interview in Indian magazine Amudhasurabhi in Tamil language. Dec 2015

http://amudhasurabi.in/december-2015/amudhasurabi-december-2015.html#p=24

 

Interview in Indian TV channel Puthiya Thalaimurai in Tamil language

http://video.puthiyathalaimurai.tv/vod-events/archives/5oclock/2014/11/5PM-20141117SEG4/

http://tiny.cc/xal2tx

 

Invited Lectures and Workshops

Integrin signaling in cardiac hypertrophy. Alagappa University, India. Sept 2007

Calpain activation in hypertrophic heart. University of Madras, India. Sept 2007

Cell signaling in the heart. Central University of Tamilnadu, India. March 2012

Visiting Fellow of University Grants Commission-Special Assistance Program (UGC-SAP) at the Department of Biotechnology, Alagappa University, Karaikkudi, March 2012

Yogic Breathing in Sjogren’s Syndrome: Sjogren’s Support Group, Greenville, SC –– June 25th, 2013

Yoga to lower BP: East Cooper Community Outreach, Mount Pleasant, SC –– September – December 2013

Yoga for all: Charleston Hindu Temple, Charleston, SC – Ongoing Sunday Workshop since May 18, 2013

Yogic Breathing for Stress Relief: Hope Lodge (American Cancer Society), Charleston, SC – Ongoing

Yoga for Primary School Kids: Buist Academy, Charleston, SC – October 9th, 2013

Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation with Yogic Breathing – MUSC Cardiopulmonary Rehab – Ongoing

Biology of Yogic Breathing: College of Charleston, Charleston, SC – November 25th, 2013

Yogic Breathing for Health and Wellness: Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, FL – November 30, 2013

Clinical Applications of Pranayama: International Conference on Yoga Research and Applications, January 2-5, 2014, SVYASA University, Bengaluru, India

Convergence of Integrin and Growth Factor Signaling for Cardiac Remodeling: January 10, 2014, Alagappa University, India

Thirumoolar Pranayama and its Molecular Interpretation: January 10, 2014, Alagappa University, India

Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiac Fibrosis: Sastra University, January 23, 2014, Kumbakonam, India

Science and Medicine Behind Yogic Breathing: Florida International University, Miami, FL –– Feb 6, 2014

Breath Like a Yogi: MUSC Better Breathing Club, North Charleston, SC – March 19, 2014

Why Yogic Breathing is Good for You: Molecular Insights. Pure Action Inc, Austin, TX – March 29, 2014

Yogic Breathing for Mental Health In-Patients, Veterans Affairs, RHJ VAMC, Charleston, SC – Ongoing

Yoga Workshop for School Children: Nambanpatti, Tamilnadu, India – Oct, 2014

A Cell Biologists’ View on Thirumoolar Pranayamam. Alagappa University, India – Oct, 2014

Tamil Speech on Yogic Breathing – Arivu Thirukovil (Yoga Institute), Trichy, India – Oct, 2014

Tamil Speech on Thirumanthiram and Science – Saiva Sithandha Neri Kazhagam, Ponnamaravathi, and Karaikkudi Siva Temple, India – Oct 2014

Molecular Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Yogic Breathing. Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai, India – Nov 7, 2014

Holy Cow Yoga, Charleston, SC – Feb 3-24, 2015 (4 weeks workshop)

Yogic Breathing at the Menten Club Meeting, MUSC, Charleston, SC – March 12, 2015

“We All Breathe the Same Air” Sermon at the Unitarian Church, Charleston, SC – March 15, 2015

Speaker at TEDx Charleston, Embrace Chaos, Charleston, SC - April 15, 2015 (Highest number of views among all the presentations from TEDx Charleston 2015 event)

Cancer Survivorship Workshop for Head and Neck Cancer Patients, Charlestowne Landing, Charleston, SC – April 17, 2015

Presentation at the American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA – April 18-22, 2015

Yogic Breathing for Cancer Chemotherapy – Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina – Ongoing since April 2015

Breath and Bhajan at HolyCow Yoga Center Charleston, SC – May 16, 2015

Yogic Breathing and Salivary Biomarkers. MedGenome/SciGenome, Bengaluru, India – June 12, 2015

Translating ancient mantras into modern cell biology. Central Council for Research in Siddha, Central

 Research Institute for Siddha, Chennai, India - 19 June 2015

Yoga Ariviyal. Tamil speech at Kodai Vizha. Carolina Tamil Sangam, Raleigh, NC – July 12, 2015

My research journey with Pranayama. Sri Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, VA – July 18, 2015

Breath of Life Hour – Weekly donation classes at Holycow Yoga Center, Charleston, SC – July 7 – current

Science of Yogic Breathing - Speaker at the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute

 Research Expo, MUSC, October 6, 2015

Feel the Power of Your Breathing – Workshop at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Walterboro, SC, Oct. 11, 2015

Leadership Panelist:Dispelling Cancer Myths & Exploring New Ideas” Citizens Advisory Council meeting, Hollings Cancer Center, MUSC, October 16, 2015

“Yogic Breathing is Just Right for You”, Workshop at Zaanti Yoga, Lenox, MA, October 17, 2015

“Pranayama for Stress Relief and Well Being”, Workshop at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, Pittsfield, MA, October 18, 2015

Leadership Panelist:Dispelling Cancer Myths & Exploring New Ideas” at the Fall Advisory Board meeting, Hollings Cancer Center, MUSC, October 23, 2015

“Pranayama (Yogic breathing)”, Workshop at Hummingbird Yoga, Linwood, NJ, October 24, 2015

“Science of Pranayama”, Workshop at Dhyana Yoga, Philadelphia, PA, October 25, 2015

“Yogic breathing for cancer prevention and management” – Guest Speaker at Prevention Palooza event conducted by Dragon Boat Charleston. Charleston, SC, November 7, 2015

Focus Group meeting with the Deputy Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Mr. Sloan D. Gibson on the use of Yoga for pain relief in Veterans. Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC, November 10, 2015

Interview at South Carolina ETV Radio via National Public Radio (NPR) member station: Broadcasted on 4 days, November 9-12, 2015

“Wellness through Pranayama” Evolation Yoga, Atlanta, GA. November 14, 2015

“Science of Yogic Breathing” Infinity Yoga, Atlanta, GA. November 15, 2015

“Singing together – Kirtan” Holy Cow Yoga Center, Charleston, SC. November 20, 2015

“Breathe easy through holidays” employee wellness workshops (two sessions) conducted by the Office of Health Promotions, MUSC. December 09, 2015

“Breathing regulation for seniors” Kiwanis Club, Mount Pleasant, SC. December 22, 2015

“Yoga breathing for law professionals” Rising above the Bar committee. SC Bar Association Convention, Charleston, SC. January 23, 2016

“Tamil Culture” Speaker on World Cultures Day at Buist Academy, Charleston, SC. January 29, 2016

“Yoga for Scleroderma” Speaker at 2016 Amy K. Parrish Patient Education Conference conducted

by the SC Chapter of Scleroderma Foundation. January 30, 2016

“Science of Yogic Breathing” Workshop at Yoga Masala, Columbia, SC. January 31, 2016

Cancer Survivorship meeting, Circular Congregational Church, Charleston, SC. March 2, 2016

MUSC Employee Wellness Weekly Yogic Breathing Workshop, March 22-June 24, 2016

Speaker at Community Fest, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. April 7, 2016

“Science of Yogic Breathing” workshop at Savannah Yoga Barre, Savannah, GA. April 16, 2016

“Science of Yogic Breathing” workshop at Soluna Yoga, Jacksonville, FL. April 17, 2016

Yogic breathing for cancer survivorship, Hollings Cancer Center, MUSC. June 5, 2016

Workshop for Breast Cancer Survivorship at Roper Hospital, Mt Pleasant, SC. June 20, 2016

Science of Yogic breathing Workshop at Infinity Yoga, Atlanta, GA. June 25&26, 2016

Science of Yogic Breathing Talk and workshop, Asheville YogaFest. July 8-10, 2016

Yogic breathing workshop for breast cancer survivorship at MUSC Wellness Center. July 11, 2016

Yogic Breathing for Employee Wellness, ORACLE Corporation, Austin, TX. July 22, 2016

Proof of concept clinical trials on Yogic breathing with potential implications in Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Yoga Research Conference, Pure Action, Austin, TX. July 22-23, 2016

Thirumoolar moochu payirchi. Yogic breathing workshop at Tamil Sangam, Austin, TX. July 23, 2016.

New insights into Yogic breathing. Yoga Talk 2016. Zach Scott Theater, Austin, TX. July 24, 2016.

Science of Yogic breathing Workshop at YAYA, New Orleans, LA.  July 30, 2016

Invited Speaker, Scleroderma Foundation Conference, New Orleans, LA. July 31, 2016

Yo[gic breathing for stress relief, Moksha Yoga Square One, Mississauga, Canada, August 4, 2016

Yogic breathing for Employee Wellness at Harborview Tower, MUSC, August 24, 2016

Pranayama Weekend Immersion, Savannah, GA, August 27-28, 2016

Yogic breathing at Heart Walk Charleston Fundraiser, Charleston SC, September 13, 2016

Pediatric Residents go stress free with Yogic breathing, MUSC, September 19, 2016

Health Coach: Healthy Charleston Challenge, Weight Loss Program, MUSC, September 22, 2016

Yogic breathing at Somerby Senior Living, Mt. Pleasant, SC – October 22, 29, 2016

Kirtan at Holy Cow, Charleston, SC - October 22, 2016

Pranayama Immersion, Holy Cow, Charleston, SC - November 12, 2016

Science of Yogic Breathing, Workshop at Yoga Masala, Columbia, SC – November 13, 2016

Workshop for Breast Cancer Support Group, MUSC, Charleston, SC – November 16, 2016

Yogic breathing for diabetes care. Community Health Day Conference & Expo, Healthy Lifestyle Network, Inc.

November 19, 2016   

Yogic breathing for employee wellness, South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Retreat, Charleston, SC – December 2, 2016

Scheduled:   

January 5-6, 2017 – Workshops in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

January 24-25, 2017 – Invited Speaker and Workshops at Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India

Funding

SCTR Voucher Pilot Program #5994-004   (Balasubramanian: PI)  08/16/2013 – 08/15/2014      

NIH/NCRR Grant Numbers UL1 RR029882 and UL1 TR000062

SCTR Voucher Pilot Program #5994-014   (Balasubramanian: PI)  08/16/2014 – 08/15/2015      

NIH Grant Number UL1 TR000062

MUSC Lipidomics COBRE Voucher Pilot Program #23117 (Balasubramanian: PI)            11/18/2013 – 11/17/2014

Pure Action, Austin, TX (Balasubramanian: PI)         10/16/2013- 10/15/2014

R01 HL092124-01A1 (Balasubramanian, Co-I) 12/19/2008 – 11/31/2012

NIH: National Heart Lung Blood Institute

Clinical Trial on Yogic Breathing

Completed – Induction of neuromodulators by chanting and breathing exercise (IRB#24336)

(Partly funded by South Carolina Translational Research (SCTR) and PureAction.org)