Robert Balaban received his B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Miami in 1971 and his Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology from Duke University in 1980. He was awarded a NATO fellowship to the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford in 1981. In 1982, Dr. Balaban joined the NIH as a staff fellow in the NHLBI Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism. He was named Chief of the newly formed Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics in 1988. Dr. Balaban served as trustee and president of the Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine from 1994 to 1995, of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine from 1995 to 1996, and of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance from 1999 to 2001. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Biophysical Society.