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Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition


Mathew Abraham

Dr. Mathew Abraham

Dr. Mathew Abraham is the assistant director of TCI. He is responsible for coordinating research and offering strategic guidance and support for project implementation. Previously, Mathew joined TCI as a postdoctoral associate in August 2015, after completing his PhD from the Department of International Economics and Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Prior…
Addis Abera Ayalew

Addis Abera Ayalew

Addis Abera Ayalew is a research support specialist at TCI, where he works on the Institute’s project on the True Cost of Food Subsidies in India. He has over a decade of experience in Ethiopia, where he participated in multiple development projects across a wide range of areas, including market infrastructure, rural financial services, digital…
Whitman Barrett

Whitman Barrett

Whitman Barrett is a PhD student in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. His work focuses on the reuse of human excreta in agriculture, with the goal of improving smallholder farmers’ productivity and resilience to climate change. He conducted fieldwork in Tamil Nadu in the…

Shivranjani Baruah

Shivranjani Baruah is a PhD student in the field of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology. Her primary research interest lies in exploring the intricacies of plant-pathogen interactions at the molecular level in order to inform decision-making related to crop protection. Shivranjani holds a master’s degree in microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University, and a…

Dr. Jocelyn Boiteau

Jocelyn Boiteau is a postdoctoral associate at TCI. She is interested in food systems and how they shape food environments and food security. Jocelyn is continuing the research on food loss and waste she began as a TCI scholar. Her current project explores food loss and waste across food groups and stages of structural transformation….
Apurva Borar

Apurva Borar

Apurva Borar is a PhD student in the field of applied economics and management. Her research interests include the economics of gender, public policy, development economics, and social networks in economics. Prior to joining Cornell, she worked as an assistant professor of economics at Miranda House at the University of Delhi. As part of her…
Bharath Chandran C

Bharath Chandran C

Bharath Chandran C is a research consultant at TCI in New Delhi. He previously served as a research intern at TCI from January 2020 to June 2021. He holds a Master’s degree in environmental studies and resource management from the TERI School of Advanced Studies.

Tanuj Chawla

Tanuj Chawla is a research support specialist at TCI, responsible for building and maintaining the FPO Platform for India. With an interdisciplinary background in bioinformatics, bioeconomics, life-cycle assessment, and frugal innovation, Tanuj has over five years of consulting and product management experience. He holds an MPS in information science from Cornell University and a Master’s…

Leslie Verteramo Chiu

Dr. Leslie Verteramo Chiu is a research economist at TCI. His research area includes risk management for smallholder farmers, food-value chains, and agricultural finance, all under the context of developing countries. At TCI, he analyzes the effects of interventions on farmer producer organizations in Mexico. He received a PhD in applied economics from Cornell University,…

Dr. Mark A. Constas

Mark Constas is an associate professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University and an international professor of agriculture and life sciences. He is also a fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Global Sustainable Enterprise in the…