ESP Biography

PRANJAL YADAVA, Stanford postdoc studying biology and agriculture

Major: Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Pranjal Yadava is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Stanford University's Department of Biology. He also concurrently holds the position of Scientist and Faculty member in India's Agricultural Research Service, where he leads an agricultural biotechnology program at Indian Council of Agricultural Research--Indian Institute of Maize Research, New Delhi. He is passionate about food and agriculture scenario in the developed and the developing world and actively tracks the changing policy landscape impacting farming. Dr. Yadava's current research investigates new genes in corn that can potentially be used for making affordable hybrids seeds to improve farm productivity. Dr. Yadava has been awarded numerous prestigious grants and fellowships for his work, including, National Agricultural Science Fund, Indo-Australian fellowship and more recently, a Fulbright fellowship.

Past Classes

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B6742: What's in the dinner tonight? A Primer on the Science of Food and Agriculture in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Food and agriculture impact us all. As a consumer, we are concerned about the quality and origin of the food that we eat. In the post-modern world, consumers worldwide are increasingly yearning for more "natural" food- organically grown, no genetic modification, less synthetic preservatives, locally sourced and a plethora of individual preferences. How deep is our understanding of the agriculture? How is farming actually done? How agriculture has transformed humanity and how humanity is now transforming agriculture? Is the world well fed? This course is designed for high school students interested in issues of food and agriculture. The course traces the history and current status of agriculture, its global diversity and the changing agricultural technology. It's a fun class interspersed with group activities and discussions.The emphasis is on science-based and evidence-led discourse for enabling learners to think and engage in informed debates and stimulate them to possibly consider a career in international agricultural development.