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Sundaram Gunasekaran
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sundaram Gunasekaran is a professor in the department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds affiliate appointments in the departments of food science and materials science and engineering. Gunasekaran earned his B.E. (ag) from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India; M.Eng. from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand; and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gunasekaran's research has focused on ensuring quality and safety of food and agricultural materials. His group is currently engaged in the synthesis and applications of nanomaterials for biosensor development. He has published extensively, including three books and holds over 12 U.S. and international patents. He has been recognized with various national and international awards and honors.

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Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Afghanistan Desk

Sundaram Gunasekaran is a program analyst in the Afghanistan Desk of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA/A). The overall mission of the SCA is to advance the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity through diplomacy, advocacy, assistance, and learning from the past. The work of SCA/A took a drastic turn following the Taliban takeover of the Afghanistan government just as Gunasekaran joined the SCA/A. Hence, Gunasekaran was called into supporting varied mission critical tasks of SCA/A. However, his focus has been food security. Working with the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, USAID, World Food Program, etc., Gunasekaran is addressing the deteriorating food security situation in Afghanistan.