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Cornell University

Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Role: Alumni

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…

Vidya Bharathi Rajkumar

Vidya Bharathi Rajkumar earned her PhD in applied economics and management from Cornell University in 2021. She is now an assistant professor of economics at Krea University in Sri City, India. Her research interests lie in the field of development…

Dr. Tanvi Rao

Tanvi Rao completed her PhD in applied economics and management at Cornell University in June 2017. Her primary research interests were in the field of development economics and applied econometrics. As a TCI scholar, she studied the demand for different…

Dr. Fatma Rekik

Fatma Rekik graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a PhD in soil science with minors in agronomy and nutritional sciences. She is currently a knowledge management fellow in the monitoring, evaluation, and learning unit of the International Center for…

Karuna Salve

Karuna Salve completed her Master of Professional Studies in international development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. She also holds a master’s degree in social entrepreneurship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in…

Dr. Asha Sharma

Asha Sharma was a postdoctoral associate with TCI from 2014-2016. Her work aimed to quantify risks to agriculture in India due to climate change. This effort builds on the extensive current body of work in this area by doing the…

Dr. Naveen Sunder

Naveen Sunder completed his PhD in economics at Cornell University in May 2019. He joined the faculty of Bentley University as an assistant professor. Naveen specializes in using microeconomics and econometrics to address questions in international development, with a focus…

Dr. Maureen Valentine

Maureen Valentine completed her PhD in animal science at Cornell University in August 2018. Her research focused on enhancements to the productivity of goat production systems in rural India through improved animal nutrition. Livestock production in India faces a widespread…

Dr. Shiuli Vanaja

Shiuli Vanaja earned her PhD in applied economics and management in 2020. She is now an assistant professor of economics at Azim Premji University in Bangalore. Her research interests lie in the field of development and resource economics, specifically the…