Balaji Chattopadhyay is an Assistant Professor at the Trivedi School of Biosciences. He completed his PhD from Madurai Kamaraj University and pursued postdoctoral research at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, India, and the National University of Singapore, Singapore. Balaji is an evolutionary biologist whose research aims to integrate biodiversity conservation and human health. Balaji provided one of the earliest evidence of the susceptibility of natural populations to urbanisation. His research incorporates high-throughput genomic data alongside biological and ecological data to understand the effects of climate change on wildlife and investigate the potential link between wildlife endangerment and zoonotic infections. Balaji is also interested in understanding host-pathogen coevolution, specifically in regards to the evolutionary dynamics of the bat immune system and bat-borne viruses.