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Kalidas Shetty

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Office: Loftsgard 374D
Phone: (701) 231-5058

Associate Vice President for International Partnerships and Collaborations
Plant Metabolism and Food Security

Curriculum Vitae

Publication Citations on Google Scholar

Global Institute of Food Security and International Agriculture (GIFSIA) website

GIFSIA Research Collaborations

Dr. Shetty's research interests focus on the critical role of cellular and metabolic basis of oxygen biology for advancing new innovations in life sciences and especially agricultural and food innovations that advance global food security and health in a sustainable environment. This focus is contributing to very innovative advances in the areas of crops for health, post-harvest biology, nutraceuticals, functional foods and food antimicrobial strategies as critical innovations to advance food security in addition to malnutrition and hunger challenges. In particular, he has developed an innovative “crops for health” research platform to counter diet-linked chronic diseases. The rationale of this platform has relevance for managing malnutrition challenges from maternal to child health needs globally.

Dr. Shetty’s current passion and commitment are to develop “sustainable and ecological basis for healthy food systems, food choices and global food security” based on local crop and food diversity, traditional food systems and effective food imports that incorporates understanding of comparative cellular biochemistry of plant and animal systems and their interactions with prokaryotes (bacterial systems). This approach has potential to transform global agriculture with healthy food systems and innovative rural development strategies that is systems based with sustainable long term solutions combined with better habitat and environment, sanitation and diversified bioenergy options.

In keeping with the above focus on new innovations to advance global food security on a “crops for health and sustainability” platform, Dr. Shetty is developing close collaborations between North Dakota State University and institutions in several regions of the world from Asia, Africa, and Europe to the Americas.

Teaching Responsibilities


  • PhD 1989, Microbiology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • MS 1985, Bacteriology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • BS 1983, Agricultural Science, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India

Professional Experience

  • 2013- present: Associate Vice President for International Partnerships and Collaborations, and Professor of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2004-2012: Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • 1999-2004: Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • 1993-1999: Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • 1992-1993: Post-doctoral Scientist, Plant Biology, University of Guelph, Canada
  • 1990-1991: Post-doctoral Scientist, Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba Science City, Japan
  • 1989: Research Scientist, Biochemical Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • 1986-1988: Research Assistant, Plant Cell Physiology/Microbial Physiology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • 1984-1985: Research Assistant, Microbial Physiology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Research Interests

  • Metabolic biology of crops for functional foods and bioactives
  • Global food systems biology concepts to combat diet-linked chronic diseases and advancing food security strategies
  • Food diversity and indigenous food systems to combat diet-linked chronic diseases and advance global food security
  • Environmental impact on chronic diseases & nutritional solutions using stress adapted crop food systems
  • Metabolic biology of stress adaptation of crops for climate change & role of redox biology

Professional Affiliation

  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Association for Advancement of Sciences
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
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