Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine


PhD from University of Cincinnati
Biomedical Engineering
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Fetal regenerative wound healing
BS from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Osmania University
Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards

Anita Roberts Award
Rindsberg Memorial Fund Fellowship Award

Professional Interests

  • Regenerative tissue repair
  • Fetal wound healing
  • Acute, burn and diabetic wound repair
  • ECM and fibrosis
  • Neovascularization

Professional Statement

Dr. Swathi Balaji joined Baylor College of Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. She has a broad academic and research background in Bioengineering and Regenerative and Translational medicine.

Her current research interests are to understand the underlying mechanisms of how the fetus heals cutaneous wounds without scar and translate the findings to achieve postnatal regenerative tissue repair in various organ systems. Dr. Balaji received her doctoral degree in bioengineering from University of Cincinnati and did her postdoctoral training in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Selected Publications

  • Keswani SG*, Balaji S*, Katz AB*, King A, Omar K, Habli M, Klanke C, Crombleholme TM (*equal contribution). "Intra-placental Gene Therapy with Ad-IGF-1 Corrects Naturally Occurring Rabbit Model of Intrauterine Growth Restriction." Human Gene Therapy.
  • Balaji S*, King A*, Marsh E, LeSaint M, Bhattacharya SS, Han N, Dhamija Y, Ranjan R, Le LD, Bollyky P, Crombleholme TM & Keswani SG (*equal contribution). "The Role of Interleukin-10 and Hyaluronan in Fetal Fibroblast Function: Implications for Recapitulating Fetal Regenerative Wound Healing." PlosOne.
  • Balaji S*, Han N*, Ranjan R, Moles CM, Shaaban AF, Bollyky P, Crombleholme TM & Keswani SG (*equal contribution). "Angiopoietin-1 Improves Endothelial Progenitor cell Dependent Neovascularization in Diabetic Wounds." Surgery.
  • Balaji S*, Moles CM*, Bhattacharya SS, LeSaint M, Dhamija Y, Le LD, King A, Kidd M, Bouso MF, Shaaban A, Crombleholme TM, Bollyky P & Keswani SG (*equal contribution). "Comparison of IL-10 Homologs on Dermal Wound Healing Using a Novel Human Skin Ex Vivo Organ Culture Model." Journal of Surgical Research.
  • Balaji S*, LeSaint M*, Bhattacharya SS, Moles CM, Dhamija Y, Kidd M, Le LD, King A, Shaaban A, Crombleholme TM, Bollyky P & Keswani SG (*equal contribution). "Adenoviral-Mediated Gene Transfer of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 Enhances Wound Healing and Induces Angiogenesis." Journal of Surgical Research.
  • Balaji S, King A, Dhamija Y, Le LD, Shaaban AF, Crombleholme TM & Keswani SG. "Pseudotyped Adeno-Associated Viral Vectors for Gene Transfer in Dermal Fibroblasts: Implications for Wound-Healing Applications." Journal of Surgical Research.
  • Keswani SG*, Balaji S*, Le LD*, Leung A, Katz AB, Parvadia JK, Lim FY, Habli M, Jones HN, Taichman D, Crombleholme TM (*equal contribution). "Role of Salivary Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in Palatal Mucosal Wound Healing." Wound Repair and Regeneration.
  • King A*, Balaji S*, Le LD, Marsh E, Crombleholme TM, Keswani SG (*equal contribution). "Interleukin-10 Regulates Fetal Extracellular Matrix Hyaluronan Production." Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Balaji S, Vaikunth SS, Lang S, Sheikh AQ, Lim FY, Crombleholme TM, Narmoneva DA. "Tissue-engineered provisional matrix as a novel approach to enhance diabetic wound healing." Wound Repair and Regeneration.
  • Cho H, Balaji S, Sheikh AQ, Hurley JR, Tian YF, Collier JH, Crombleholme TM, Narmoneva DA. "Regulation of endothelial cell activation and angiogenesis by injectable peptide nanofibers." Acta Biomaterialia.
  • Sweere JM, Van Belleghem JD, et al., Balaji S, Keswani SG, Hawn TR, Secor PR, Bollyky PL. "Bacteriophage trigger antiviral immunity and prevent clearance of bacterial infection.." Science.


Wound Healing Society
European Tissue Repair Society