Bala's primary research interest are Space Weather predictions using physics-based/empirical models and Machine Learning techniques.
Bala earned her Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Kerala, India. After a few postdoctoral positions in Taiwan, Mexico, Bell Labs and NJIT where she carried out studies on Local Helioseismology, solar wind, solar radio bursts and microflares, she joined Stanford University to work on Space Weather related studies.
She moved to Boulder in 2011 to joined Southwest Research Institute where she worked on modeling and extraction of on-orbit point spread functions for the SDO/AIA telescopes and computer vision. She participated in the NASA Frontier Development Lab 2017 as a member of the Solar Terrestrial Interactions team.
In 2011 she became an affiliate of SSI and continues till present. She lives in Boulder, CO, with her family.