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  • Pranjal Yadava

    Pranjal Yadava

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biology

    BioDr. Pranjal Yadava is a scientist in India’s Agricultural Research Service and leads the agricultural biotechnology program at ICAR–Indian Institute of Maize Research, New Delhi. Presently, he is on a sabbatical assignment at Stanford University where he is engaged as Fulbright Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Biology under the mentorship of world renowned maize geneticist- Prof Virginia Walbot . Dr Yadava's major scientific interest is to elucidate the mechanisms of gene silencing and expression in plants. Earlier, he has researched the role of the microRNA-mediated gene silencing phenomenon in relation to viral infection and environmental stresses, like drought, low nitrogen, and low phosphorus. He is passionate about the role of modern biotechnologies such as genetic engineering and gene editing in improving agricultural productivity, especially in resource poor settings of the developing world.

    Dr. Yadava’s Fulbright-Nehru project aims to clone novel maize genes involved in male fertility and anther development. Successful anther development is vital for pollen dispersal and hence, seed setting—the cornerstone of the agricultural enterprise. This work may not only enhance our understandings of the fundamental process of anther development, but may also lead to development of a technology for a pollination control system in crops like maize. This has the potential to transform the hybrid seed industry and the livelihoods of farmers wanting to use such high-yielding and affordable hybrid seeds for improving farm productivity.

  • Daniel Yamins

    Daniel Yamins

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, of Computer Science

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur lab's research lies at intersection of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, psychology and large-scale data analysis. It is founded on two mutually reinforcing hypotheses:

    H1. By studying how the brain solves computational challenges, we can learn to build better artificial intelligence algorithms.

    H2. Through improving artificial intelligence algorithms, we'll discover better models of how the brain works.

    We investigate these hypotheses using techniques from computational modeling and artificial intelligence, high-throughput neurophysiology, functional brain imaging, behavioral psychophysics, and large-scale data analysis.

  • Sylvia Yanagisako

    Sylvia Yanagisako

    Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies

    BioSylvia Yanagisako is the Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies and Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology. Her research and publications have focused on kinship, gender, capitalism, and work in Italy and the U.S. She has also written about the orthodox configuration of the discipline of anthropology in the U.S. and suggested alternatives to it (Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle: Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology, 2005).

    Professor Yanagisako is currently completing a collaborative ethnography with Lisa Rofel on the transnational business relations forged by Italian and Chinese textile and garment manufacturers. This book builds on her monograph (Producing Culture and Capital, 2002) which examined the cultural processes through which a technologically-advanced, Italian manufacturing industry was produced.

    Professor Yanagisako has served as President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Chair of the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford, and Chair of the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford. She received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1992.