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Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Role: Alumni

anaka aiyar

Dr. Anaka Aiyar

Anaka Aiyar was a postdoctoral associate at TCI until 2020, when she joined the University of Nevada, Reno, as an assistant professor of economics. At TCI, her research explored the mechanisms that explain why states in India have had disparate…

Dr. Amit Anshumali

Amit Anshumali graduated from Cornell University with a PhD in development sociology. He has since joined the University of Chicago as the Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology in the Division of Social Sciences. While at Cornell, Amit’s work focused…

Dr. Rohil Sahai Bhatnagar

Rohil Sahai Bhatnagar received his PhD in food science and technology at Cornell University in 2020. He is now a senior research scientist at PepsiCo. His research focused on developing novel iron-rich microalgae composites and exploring their utility as potential…

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…

Dr. Sunaina Dhingra

Sunaina Dhingra is an assistant professor in the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy at O.P. Jindal Global University in India. She was a postdoctoral associate at TCI. Her research addressed the extent to which early childhood (pre-school) exposure…

Phil Frost

Phil was a TCI scholar until his graduation in December 2016. Phil’s research in the field of soil health centered on the development of an appropriate soil health assessment framework for Indian agriculture. He worked in collaboration with TCI’s partner…
Soumya Gupta

Dr. Soumya Gupta

Soumya Gupta is a research economist at TCI. Her research interests lie at the intersections of food security, agriculture, and maternal and child nutrition. She is currently associated with TCI’s TARINA project and is working on activities centered on research…

Anshuman Gupta

Anshuman Gupta is a research support specialist with TCI. He received his Master of Public Administration with a concentration in international development studies from Cornell University in 2020. His primary interests lie in agriculture economics and he is passionate about…

Dr. Kathryn Merckel

Kathryn Merckel completed her PhD in international nutrition in 2020. She is currently the associate director for nutrition and food systems at the international development nonprofit ACDI/VOCA. Kathryn studied biofortification and its role in diversifying diets, particularly those of women…

Dr. Sri Raj

Srilakshmi (Sri) Raj was a research associate at TCI until 2020. She is currently a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. A human population geneticist with expertise in Indian genetic variation, Sri studied the…