Bala earned her PhD in Physics from the University of Kerala, India in 1995. Soon after she took up a few postdoctoral position on Local Helioseismology in Taiwan and in Mexico City, Bell Labs and NJIT where she carried out studies on various aspects of solar wind, solar radio bursts and microflares. She then joined Stanford University in 2002 where she pursued problems related to Space Weather forecasting, until she moved to Boulder to work at Southwest Research Institute. In 2011 she became an affiliate of SSI and continues till present.
Bala's primary research interests are Solar Wind Prediction and Space Weather related studies. She has also worked on modeling and extraction of on-orbit point spread functions for the AIA telescopes and coronal heating. She lives in Bouder, CO, with her family.