Dr. Kalidas Shetty is Professor of Plant Sciences and Founding Director of Global Institute of Food Security and International Agriculture (GIFSIA) at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Prior to joining NDSU, Dr. Shetty was Professor of Food Science at University of Massachusetts for 20 years. He earned his Ph. D in Microbiology and M.S in Bacteriology from University of Idaho (Moscow, ID, USA) and later worked as a Post-Doctoral Scientist at University of Guelph (Canada), and at National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Japan. Dr. Shetty was inaugural Jefferson Fellow at U.S State Departments and served as a consultant for 5 years. He is author of 225 peer reviewed journal publications, 14 review and concept papers, and 40 book chapters. Dr. Shetty’s research has been cited extensively in peer reviewed journal publications worldwide. He has traveled in over 50 countries and built strong research and educational collaborations with institutions across the world to advance climate resilient-linked health-targeted food solutions and to combat food insecurity and public health challenges globally.