TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
Address1102 BATES
Houston, TX 77030
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    1. McCracken JM, Calderon GA, Kumar LA, Balaji S, Rivas F, Erxleben D, Hall A, Hakim JC. Unveiling Vaginal Fibrosis: A Novel Murine Model Using Bleomycin and Epithelial Disruption. bioRxiv. 2023 Dec 18. PMID: 38187720; PMCID: PMC10769241.
    2. McCracken JM, Calderon GA, Le QN, Faruqui NM, Balaji S, Hakim JCE. Cellular and extracellular vaginal changes following murine ovarian removal. Physiol Rep. 2023 08; 11(15):e15762. PMID: 37549960; PMCID: PMC10406565.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    3. Sanders MC, Balaji S, Martin WB, Siegmund N, Poland L, Sanders Hanna M, Wei D, Kaliada H, Littlejohn S, Ganey T. Protecting human amnion and chorion matrices during processing: Performance enhancement in a diabetic mouse model and human co-culture system. Wound Repair Regen. 2023 Jul-Aug; 31(4):475-488. PMID: 37209062.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    4. Balaji S, Short WD, Padon BW, Belgodere JA, Jimenez SE, Deoli NT, Guidry AC, Green JC, Prajapati TJ, Farouk F, Kaul A, Son D, Jung OS, Astete CE, Kim M, Jung JP. Injectable Antioxidant and Oxygen-Releasing Lignin Composites to Promote Wound Healing. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2023 Apr 19; 15(15):18639-18652. PMID: 37022100; PMCID: PMC10119855.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    
    5. Short WD, Rae M, Lu T, Padon B, Prajapati TJ, Faruk F, Olutoye OO, Yu L, Bollyky P, Keswani SG, Balaji S. Endogenous Interleukin-10 Contributes to Wound Healing and Regulates Tissue Repair. J Surg Res. 2023 05; 285:26-34. PMID: 36640607; PMCID: PMC9993344.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    6. Short WD, Olutoye OO, Padon BW, Parikh UM, Colchado D, Vangapandu H, Shams S, Chi T, Jung JP, Balaji S. Advances in non-invasive biosensing measures to monitor wound healing progression. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2022; 10:952198. PMID: 36213059; PMCID: PMC9539744.
      Citations: 2     
    7. Short WD, Steen E, Kaul A, Wang X, Olutoye OO, Vangapandu HV, Templeman N, Blum AJ, Moles CM, Narmoneva DA, Crombleholme TM, Butte MJ, Bollyky PL, Keswani SG, Balaji S. IL-10 promotes endothelial progenitor cell infiltration and wound healing via STAT3. FASEB J. 2022 07; 36(7):e22298. PMID: 35670763; PMCID: PMC9796147.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    8. Bach MS, de Vries CR, Khosravi A, Sweere JM, Popescu MC, Chen Q, Demirdjian S, Hargil A, Van Belleghem JD, Kaber G, Hajfathalian M, Burgener EB, Liu D, Tran QL, Dharmaraj T, Birukova M, Sunkari V, Balaji S, Ghosh N, Mathew-Steiner SS, El Masry MS, Keswani SG, Banaei N, Nedelec L, Sen CK, Chandra V, Secor PR, Suh GA, Bollyky PL. Filamentous bacteriophage delays healing of Pseudomonas-infected wounds. Cell Rep Med. 2022 06 21; 3(6):100656. PMID: 35732145; PMCID: PMC9244996.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    9. Parikh UM, Mentz J, Collier I, Davis MJ, Abu-Ghname A, Colchado D, Short WD, King A, Buchanan EP, Balaji S. Strategies to Minimize Surgical Scarring: Translation of Lessons Learned from Bedside to Bench and Back. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2022 06; 11(6):311-329. PMID: 34416825.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    10. Steen EH, Short WD, Li H, Parikh UM, Blum A, Templeman N, Nagy N, Bollyky PL, Keswani SG, Balaji S. Skin-specific knockdown of hyaluronan in mice by an optimized topical 4-methylumbelliferone formulation. Drug Deliv. 2021 Dec; 28(1):422-432. PMID: 33605181; PMCID: PMC7899664.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    11. Short WD, Wang X, Li H, Yu L, Kaul A, Calderon GA, Gilley J, Bollyky PL, Balaji S, Keswani SG. Interleukin-10 Producing T Lymphocytes Attenuate Dermal Scarring. Ann Surg. 2021 10 01; 274(4):627-636. PMID: 34506318; PMCID: PMC8428868.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    12. Hachem R, Parikh UM, Reitzel R, Rosenblatt J, Kaul A, Vargas-Cruz N, Hill L, Moore L, Meyer J, Chaftari AM, Gagea M, Balaji S, Raad II. Novel antimicrobial ointment for infected wound healing in an in vitro and in vivo porcine model. Wound Repair Regen. 2021 09; 29(5):830-842. PMID: 33956391.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    13. Belgodere JA, Son D, Jeon B, Choe J, Guidry AC, Bao AX, Zamin SA, Parikh UM, Balaji S, Kim M, Jung JP. Attenuating Fibrotic Markers of Patient-Derived Dermal Fibroblasts by Thiolated Lignin Composites. ACS Biomater Sci Eng. 2021 06 14; 7(6):2212-2218. PMID: 33938742; PMCID: PMC8290399.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    14. McCracken JM, Balaji S, Keswani SG, Hakim JC. An Avant-Garde Model of Injury-Induced Regenerative Vaginal Wound Healing. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2021 04; 10(4):165-173. PMID: 32602816; PMCID: PMC7906868.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    15. Goldstein AM, Balaji S, Ghaferi AA, Gosain A, Maggard-Gibbons M, Zuckerbraun B, Keswani SG. An algorithmic approach to an impactful specific aims page. Surgery. 2021 Apr; 169(4):816-820. PMID: 32709487.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Singampalli KL, Balaji S, Wang X, Parikh UM, Kaul A, Gilley J, Birla RK, Bollyky PL, Keswani SG. The Role of an IL-10/Hyaluronan Axis in Dermal Wound Healing. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2020; 8:636. PMID: 32850791; PMCID: PMC7396613.
      Citations: 13     
    17. Wang X, Balaji S, Steen EH, Blum AJ, Li H, Chan CK, Manson SR, Lu TC, Rae MM, Austin PF, Wight TN, Bollyky PL, Cheng J, Keswani SG. High-molecular weight hyaluronan attenuates tubulointerstitial scarring in kidney injury. JCI Insight. 2020 06 18; 5(12). PMID: 32396531; PMCID: PMC7406305.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    18. Steen EH, Wang X, Boochoon KS, Ewing DC, Strang HE, Kaul A, Masri L, Balaji S, Hollier LH, Keswani S. Wound Healing and Wound Care in Neonates: Current Therapies and Novel Options. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2020 Jun; 33(6):294-300. PMID: 32427785.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Steen EH, Tuley JM, Balaji S, Lee TC, Keswani SG. The Use of a Fixation Dressing to Reduce Complications After Neonatal Gastrostomy Tube Placement. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2020 05 01; 9(5):211-218. PMID: 32226646; PMCID: PMC7099412.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Steen EH, Wang X, Balaji S, Butte MJ, Bollyky PL, Keswani SG. The Role of the Anti-Inflammatory Cytokine Interleukin-10 in Tissue Fibrosis. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2020 04 01; 9(4):184-198. PMID: 32117582; PMCID: PMC7047112.
      Citations: 52     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    21. Sweere JM, Ishak H, Sunkari V, Bach MS, Manasherob R, Yadava K, Ruppert SM, Sen CK, Balaji S, Keswani SG, Secor PR, Bollyky PL. The Immune Response to Chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa Wound Infection in Immunocompetent Mice. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2020 02 01; 9(2):35-47. PMID: 31903297; PMCID: PMC6940591.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    22. Wang X, Balaji S, Steen EH, Li H, Rae MM, Blum AJ, Miao Q, Butte MJ, Bollyky PL, Keswani SG. T Lymphocytes Attenuate Dermal Scarring by Regulating Inflammation, Neovascularization, and Extracellular Matrix Remodeling. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2019 Nov 01; 8(11):527-537. PMID: 31637099; PMCID: PMC6798809.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    
    23. Sweere JM, Van Belleghem JD, Ishak H, Bach MS, Popescu M, Sunkari V, Kaber G, Manasherob R, Suh GA, Cao X, de Vries CR, Lam DN, Marshall PL, Birukova M, Katznelson E, Lazzareschi DV, Balaji S, Keswani SG, Hawn TR, Secor PR, Bollyky PL. Bacteriophage trigger antiviral immunity and prevent clearance of bacterial infection. Science. 2019 03 29; 363(6434). PMID: 30923196; PMCID: PMC6656896.
      Citations: 111     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    24. Shamskhou EA, Kratochvil MJ, Orcholski ME, Nagy N, Kaber G, Steen E, Balaji S, Yuan K, Keswani S, Danielson B, Gao M, Medina C, Nathan A, Chakraborty A, Bollyky PL, De Jesus Perez VA. Hydrogel-based delivery of Il-10 improves treatment of bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis in mice. Biomaterials. 2019 05; 203:52-62. PMID: 30852423; PMCID: PMC6430662.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    25. Steen EH, Lee TC, Vogel AM, Fallon SC, Fernandes CJ, Style CC, Verla MA, Balaji S, Olutoye OO, Keswani SG. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair in patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: How early can we repair? J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Jan; 54(1):50-54. PMID: 30482539.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Balaji S, Dong X, Li H, Zhang Y, Steen E, Lingappan K. Sex-specific differences in primary neonatal murine lung fibroblasts exposed to hyperoxia in vitro: implications for bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Physiol Genomics. 2018 11 01; 50(11):940-946. PMID: 30169132; PMCID: PMC6293119.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    27. Balaji S, Ahmed M, Lorence E, Yan F, Nomie K, Wang M. NF-?B signaling and its relevance to the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma. J Hematol Oncol. 2018 06 15; 11(1):83. PMID: 29907126; PMCID: PMC6002979.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    28. Gebe JA, Yadava K, Ruppert SM, Marshall P, Hill P, Falk BA, Sweere JM, Han H, Kaber G, Harten IA, Medina C, Mikecz K, Ziegler SF, Balaji S, Keswani SG, Perez VA, Butte MJ, Nadeau K, Altemeier WA, Fanger N, Bollyky PL. Modified High-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronan Promotes Allergen-Specific Immune Tolerance. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2017 01; 56(1):109-120. PMID: 27598620; PMCID: PMC5248962.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    29. Balaji S, Wang X, King A, Le LD, Bhattacharya SS, Moles CM, Butte MJ, de Jesus Perez VA, Liechty KW, Wight TN, Crombleholme TM, Bollyky PL, Keswani SG. Interleukin-10-mediated regenerative postnatal tissue repair is dependent on regulation of hyaluronan metabolism via fibroblast-specific STAT3 signaling. FASEB J. 2017 03; 31(3):868-881. PMID: 27903619; PMCID: PMC5295728.
      Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    30. Cho H, Balaji S, Hone NL, Moles CM, Sheikh AQ, Crombleholme TM, Keswani SG, Narmoneva DA. Diabetic wound healing in a MMP9-/- mouse model. Wound Repair Regen. 2016 Sep; 24(5):829-840. PMID: 27292154.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    
    31. Balaji S, Watson CL, Ranjan R, King A, Bollyky PL, Keswani SG. Chemokine Involvement in Fetal and Adult Wound Healing. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2015 Nov 01; 4(11):660-672. PMID: 26543680; PMCID: PMC4620532.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    
    32. Balaji S, Han N, Moles C, Shaaban AF, Bollyky PL, Crombleholme TM, Keswani SG. Angiopoietin-1 improves endothelial progenitor cell-dependent neovascularization in diabetic wounds. Surgery. 2015 Sep; 158(3):846-56. PMID: 26266763; PMCID: PMC4549153.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    33. Balaji S, King A, Marsh E, LeSaint M, Bhattacharya SS, Han N, Dhamija Y, Ranjan R, Le LD, Bollyky PL, Crombleholme TM, Keswani SG. The role of interleukin-10 and hyaluronan in murine fetal fibroblast function in vitro: implications for recapitulating fetal regenerative wound healing. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5):e0124302. PMID: 25951109; PMCID: PMC4423847.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    34. Keswani SG, Balaji S, Katz AB, King A, Omar K, Habli M, Klanke C, Crombleholme TM. Intraplacental gene therapy with Ad-IGF-1 corrects naturally occurring rabbit model of intrauterine growth restriction. Hum Gene Ther. 2015 Mar; 26(3):172-82. PMID: 25738403; PMCID: PMC4367241.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    35. Hurley JR, Cho H, Sheikh AQ, Balaji S, Keswani SG, Crombleholme TM, Narmoneva DA. Nanofiber Microenvironment Effectively Restores Angiogenic Potential of Diabetic Endothelial Cells. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2014 Nov 01; 3(11):717-728. PMID: 25371854; PMCID: PMC4217038.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    
    36. King A, Balaji S, Keswani SG, Crombleholme TM. The Role of Stem Cells in Wound Angiogenesis. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2014 Oct 01; 3(10):614-625. PMID: 25300298; PMCID: PMC4183912.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    
    37. King A, Balaji S, Le LD, Crombleholme TM, Keswani SG. Regenerative Wound Healing: The Role of Interleukin-10. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2014 Apr 01; 3(4):315-323. PMID: 24757588; PMCID: PMC3985521.
      Citations: 51     Fields:    
    38. Balaji S, LeSaint M, Bhattacharya SS, Moles C, Dhamija Y, Kidd M, Le LD, King A, Shaaban A, Crombleholme TM, Bollyky P, Keswani SG. Adenoviral-mediated gene transfer of insulin-like growth factor 1 enhances wound healing and induces angiogenesis. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul; 190(1):367-77. PMID: 24725678; PMCID: PMC4431892.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    39. 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. Comparison of interleukin 10 homologs on dermal wound healing using a novel human skin ex?vivo organ culture model. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul; 190(1):358-66. PMID: 24814764; PMCID: PMC4416106.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    40. Balaji S, King A, Crombleholme TM, Keswani SG. The Role of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in Postnatal Vasculogenesis: Implications for Therapeutic Neovascularization and Wound Healing. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2013 Jul; 2(6):283-295. PMID: 24527350; PMCID: PMC3751266.
      Citations: 56     Fields:    
    41. Keswani SG, Balaji S, Le LD, Leung A, Parvadia JK, Frischer J, Yamano S, Taichman N, Crombleholme TM. Role of salivary vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in palatal mucosal wound healing. Wound Repair Regen. 2013 Jul-Aug; 21(4):554-62. PMID: 23758212; PMCID: PMC4528184.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    42. King A, Balaji S, Le LD, Marsh E, Crombleholme TM, Keswani SG. Interleukin-10 regulates fetal extracellular matrix hyaluronan production. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Jun; 48(6):1211-1217. PMID: 23845609; PMCID: PMC3959980.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    43. King A, Balaji S, Marsh E, Le LD, Shaaban AF, Crombleholme TM, Keswani SG. Interleukin-10 regulates the fetal hyaluronan-rich extracellular matrix via a STAT3-dependent mechanism. J Surg Res. 2013 Sep; 184(1):671-7. PMID: 23684616; PMCID: PMC3759570.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    44. 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. J Surg Res. 2013 Sep; 184(1):691-8. PMID: 23590866; PMCID: PMC3759652.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    45. King A, Balaji S, Keswani SG. Biology and function of fetal and pediatric skin. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Feb; 21(1):1-6. PMID: 23369584; PMCID: PMC3654382.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    46. Keswani SG, Balaji S, Le L, Leung A, Katz AB, Lim FY, Habli M, Jones HN, Wilson JM, Crombleholme TM. Pseudotyped AAV vector-mediated gene transfer in a human fetal trachea xenograft model: implications for in utero gene therapy for cystic fibrosis. PLoS One. 2012; 7(8):e43633. PMID: 22937069; PMCID: PMC3427158.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    47. Balaji S, Keswani SG, Crombleholme TM. The Role of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Regenerative Wound Healing Phenotype. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2012 Aug; 1(4):159-165. PMID: 24527298; PMCID: PMC3839028.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    
    48. Keswani SG, Balaji S, Le L, Leung A, Lim FY, Habli M, Jones HN, Wilson JM, Crombleholme TM. Pseudotyped adeno-associated viral vector tropism and transduction efficiencies in murine wound healing. Wound Repair Regen. 2012 Jul-Aug; 20(4):592-600. PMID: 22713157; PMCID: PMC3654388.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    49. Balaji S, Vaikunth SS, Lang SA, Sheikh AQ, Lim FY, Crombleholme TM, Narmoneva DA. Tissue-engineered provisional matrix as a novel approach to enhance diabetic wound healing. Wound Repair Regen. 2012 Jan-Feb; 20(1):15-27. PMID: 22151855.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    50. 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 Biomater. 2012 Jan; 8(1):154-64. PMID: 21925628; PMCID: PMC3226918.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    51. Hurley JR, Balaji S, Narmoneva DA. Complex temporal regulation of capillary morphogenesis by fibroblasts. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2010 Aug; 299(2):C444-53. PMID: 20505042; PMCID: PMC3774339.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
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