Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated as Ingeniero Agrónomo and MSc (University of Buenos Aires -UBA, 1984, 1989) and PhD (Oregon State University, 1992). He is currently a Senior Researcher (CONICET) and full professor (UBA and National University of San Martín -UNSAM) and was a visiting scientist at Utah State University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology. Author of more than 120 scientific papers, including articles in Science, Cell and PNAS, and invited speaker in more than 100 seminars and conferences in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Prof. Ballaré studies the mechanisms by which plants obtain environmental information. Member of the editorial board of Plant Physiology (2000-5), Oecologia (2006-13); Editor-in-Chief, Oecologia (2013-) and Editor of New Phytologist (2017-). Member of the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (United Nations Environment Programme). He received the following awards: Bolsa de Cereales (BCBA, 1984); Wilfrid Baron (National Academy of Agronomy and Veterinary, 1984/5); Bernardo Houssay (CONICET, 1987); Eduardo De Robertis (SECyT, 1994); Cristóbal Hicken (National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, 1994); Latin-American Leaders for the New Millennium (CNN/TIME, 1999); Guggenheim Fellow (Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, NY, USA 2001) and Georg Forster Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany 2017).