Dr. Jim Baleja obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta for studies of protein-DNA interactions. His postdoctoral training at Harvard focused on protein structure and dynamics. His laboratory focuses on metabolomics using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance with an emphasis on using skin surface biomarkers to assess underlying diseases such as heart failure.
Dr. Baleja is the Biochemistry Curriculum Director and Course Director for "Molecules to Cells," one of the two integrated courses that comprise the Medical School's Scientific Foundations of Medicine unit. He co-directs Biochemistry courses in the MS in Biomedical Sciences program and in the Department of Biology. He also teaches Biochemistry to Dental and PhD graduate students. He is a member of the resource development committee of ABE, a national organization of Biochemistry educators.