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UMESH K. REDDY, Ph.D.

 

Professor of Biology

133 Hamblin Hall

West Virginia State University, Institute, WV 25112

Office: 304-766-3066

Lab (Room#303): 304-766-5246 

Fax: 304-766-4199

Email: ureddy@wvstateu.edu

 

 

  1. Education and training
1996            Ph. D. Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
1987            M.S. (Genetics & Plant Breeding) Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore, India 

Professional Experience

2004-To-date          Associate Professor of Biology, West Virginia State University
2001- 2004             Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Alcorn State University
1997- 2001             Assistant Research Scientist (Cotton), Texas A&M University.
1989 -1996             Scientist (Plant Breeding), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore; National    
                             Sorghum Center, Hyderabad and Directorate of Rice Research (DRR), Hyderabad, India).
 
Publications during the last five years
  1. Umesh K. Reddy, Nischit Aryal, Nurul Islam-Faridi, Yan Tomason, Amnon Levi and Padma Nimmakayala. 2013. Cytomolecular characterization of rDNA distribution in various Citrullus species using fluorescent in situ hybridization. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. DOI 10.1007/s10722-013-9976-1
  2. Andrew H. Paterson, Jonathan F. Wendel, Heidrun Gundlach, Hui Guo, Jerry Jenkins, Dianchuan Jin, Danny Llewellyn, Kurtis C. Showmaker, Shengqiang Shu, Joshua Udall, Umesh K. Reddy et al 2012. The cotton genomes, their polyploidies, and the evolution of spinnable fibers. Nature. DOI:10.1038/nature11798
  3. Yan Tomason, Padma Nimmakayala, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy. Map based phylogenies, LD analysis and association mapping in melon. Molecular Breeding (DOI: 10.1007/s11032-013-9837-9)
  4. Sumanth Manohar, Guru Jagadeeswaran, Padma Nimmakayala, Yan Tomason, Aldo Almeida, Ramanjulu Sunkar, Amnon Levi  and  Umesh K. Reddy. 2012. Dynamic Regulation of Novel and Conserved miRNAs Across Various Tissues of Diverse Cucurbit Species.  Plant Mol Biol Rep. DOI 10.1007/s11105-012-0506-7.
  5. Jagadeeswaran Guru, Padma Nimmakayala, Yun Zheng,  Kanchana Gowdu, Umesh K. Reddy and Ramanjulu Sunkar. 2012. Characterization of the small RNA component of the transcriptome in leaves and fruits of four cucurbits revealed dynamic regulation of conserved and novel miRNAs. BMC Genomics 2012, 13:329.
  6. Amnon Levi, Judy A. Thies, W. Patrick Wechter, Howard F. Harrison, Alvin M. Simmons, Umesh K. Reddy, Padma Nimmakayala and Zhangjun Fei. 2012 High frequency oligonucleotides: targeting active gene (HFO-TAG) markers revealed wide genetic diversity among Citrullus spp. accessions useful for enhancing disease or pest resistance in watermelon cultivars. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, DOI: 10.1007/s10722-012-9845-3.
  7. Appibhai J. Hussain, Jauhar Ali, Ebrahimali A. Siddiq, Vidya S. Gupta, Umesh K. Reddy and Prabhakar K. Ranjekar 2012. Mapping of tms8 gene for temperature sensitive genic male sterility (TGMS) in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Breeding 131, 42-47
  8. Umesh K. Reddy, Jun-kang Rong, Padma Nimmakayala, Gopinath Vajja, Mohammad Rahman, John Z Yu, Khairy Soliman, Katarzyna Heller-Uszynska, Andrzej Kilian, and Andrew H Paterson. 2011 Use of DArT markers for integration into cotton reference map and anchoring to a RIL map. Genome 54: 349-359.
  9. Paterson A.H, Rong J-K, Gingle A.R, Chee P.W, Dennis E.S, Llewellyn D, Dure III L.S, Haigler C, Myers G.O, Peterson D.G, Mehboob U.R Rahman, Zafar Y, Reddy Umesh K, Saranga Y, Stewart J.M, Udall JA, Waghmare V.N, Wendel J.F, Wilkins T.A, Wright R.J, Zaki E, Hafez E.E, Zhu J (2010) Sequencing and utilization of the Gossypium genomes. Tropical Plant Biology 3: 71-74.
  10. Dawei Li, Jordi Garcia-Mas, Juan Zalapa, Jack E Staub, Umesh K. Reddy, Xiaoming He, Zhenhui Gong, Yiqun Weng 2011. Syntenic Relationships between Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) and Melon (C. melo L.) chromosomes as revealed by comparative genetic mapping. BMC Genomics 2011, 12:396
  11. Nimmakayala P, Perumal R, Sujatha M and U K. Reddy. 2011. Sesamum. (Book chapter). Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources, oilseeds. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg. Pages 261-273. (Book Chapter)
  12. Nimmakayala P, Faridi NI, Tomason YR, Lutz F, Levi A and U K. Reddy. 2011. Citrullus. (Book chapter). Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources, Vegetables. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg. Pages 59-66.  (Book Chapter)
  13. Nimmakayala P, Vajja G and U K. Reddy. 2011. Ipomoea. (Book chapter). Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources, Industrial crops. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg. Pages 123-132.  (Book Chapter)
  14. Padma Nimmakayala, Gopinath Vajja, RenĂ©e Gist, Yan R. Tomason, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy 2011. Effect of DNA methylation on molecular diversity of watermelon heirlooms and stability of methylation specific polymorphisms across the genealogies.  Euphytica. 177: 79-89.
  15. Levi, A, Thies, J.A, Wechter, W.P, Kousik, C.S, Hassell, R, Reddy, U. 2010. Employing Phylogenetic and Population Structure Analyses to Identify Potential Rootstock Resources for Grafted Watermelon. Cucurbitaceae Proceedings. p. 55-58.
  16. Nimmakayala, P., Levi, A., Ponniah, S., Tomason, Y., Wechter, W.P., Reddy, U. 2010. A Glance at Microsatellite Motifs from 454 Sequencing Reads of Watermelon Genomic DNA. Cucurbitaceae Proceedings. p. 91-94. Thies, J.A., Kousik, C., and Levi, A. (Eds).
  17. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Paul Gibson, Umesh K. Reddy 2010. Genetic reticulation and interrelationships among Citrullus species as revealed by joint analysis of shared AFLPs and species specific SSR alleles.  Plant Genetic Resources. 10, 230-256
  18. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi Paul Gibson, Umesh K. Reddy 2009. Molecular Diversity in the Ukrainian Melon Collection as Revealed by AFLPs and Microsatellites.  Plant Genetic Resources. 7, 2, 127-134.
  19. Ramasamy Perumal, Dr. Padma NimmakayalaPadma Nimmakayala, Saradha Erattaimuthu,  Eun-Gyu No, Umesh K. Reddy, Louis K. Prom, Gary N. Odvody and Clint W. Magill. 2008. Simple Sequence Repeat Markers Useful for Downy Mildew (Peronosclerospora sorghi) and Related Species.  BMC Genetics. 9, 77
  20. Reddy OUK, Dr. Padma NimmakayalaNimmakayala P, Bates GT, Bohac JR. 2007. Advances in Sweet potato Genome Mapping. Chapter 13. Genome Mapping and Molecular Breeding in Plants, Volume 3. Pulses, sugar and tuber crops. C.Kole (Ed.). Springer-Verlog Berlin Heidelberg. 239-248. (Book Chapter)
 
Funding (Research) (Last five years)
  1. PI: Syntenic analysis of cucurbit cultivar complex for widening genetic diversity and functional genomics of fruit quality and architecture. (USDA-NIFA 2007-38814-18472 proposal no: 2007-03466 ) Grant Amount: $499,762. Status (completed)
  2. Co-PI: Genome-wide association mapping for improving nutraceutical traits in pumpkin and squash. (USDA-NIFA proposal no: 2012-02508 :Grant Amount: $299,832) (on going)
  3. Co-PI: Exploring melon genetic diversity to breed novel morphotypes for dissemination into small farms through a participatory selection approach. (USDA-NIFA Proposal no: 2012-02511: Grant Amount: $498,645) (On going)
  4. Co-PI: Application Of Genomic Technologies For Appalachian Mine Soil Reclamation (USDA-NIFA Proposal No: 2012-02496 : Grant Amount: $242,954) (On going)
 
Teaching Grants (Last five years)
  1. Stories of Crop Evolution, Biodiversity and Domestication and Methods of Genomic Assisted Crop Improvement for Curricula Development. (USDA-NIFA Contract/Grant/Agreement No: 2010-38821-21476 Proposal No: 2010-02247 Grant Amount: $299,986) Status: Completed
  2. BAC TO GENES": Upgrading the genome core facility with robotics for use in integrating genomic research and education. (USDA-NIFA Proposal no: 2007-03349 Grant Amount: $199,936) Status: Completed
  3. Engaging Students in Global Genomic Research Through CGIAR Visits and Independent Next-Generation Sequencing Projects (USDA-NIFA Contract/Grant/Agreement No: 2012-38821-20044 Proposal No: 2012-02617 Grant Amount: $299,811) Status: Ongoing
  4. Biotechnology And Crop Biodiversity as Recruiting Tools: Linking High School Science with Ongoing Research (USDA-NIFA Contract/Grant/Agreement No: 2012-38821-20055 Proposal No: 2012-02584 Grant Yr: 2012 Grant Amount: $149,583) Status: Ongoing
 
Published papers (Old)
 
  1. Bolek Y, El-Zik KM, Pepper AE. Bell AA, Magill CW, Thaxton PM and Reddy OUK. 2005. Mapping of verticillium wilt resistance genes in cotton. Plant Science. 168: 1581-1590.
  2. Abdurakhmonov IY, Abdullaev AA, Buriev Z. T, Arslanov D,  Kuryazov Z,  Mavlonov GT, Rizaeva SM, Reddy OUK et al. 2005 Simple Sequence Repeat Marker Associated with a Natural Leaf Defoliation Trait in Tetraploid Cotton. J. Hered., 96: 644 - 653.
  1. Levi A, Reddy OUK, Thomas CE, Newman M, and Zhang X. 2003. ISSR and AFLP Markers Sufficiently Differentiated Among American Watermelon Cultivars With a Narrow Genetic Base. J Amer. Soc. Hort Sci. 129(4), 2004.
  2. Reddy OUK, Pepper AE, El-Zik KM et al. 2001 New Dinucleotide and trinucleotide microsatellite marker resources for cotton genome research.  The Journal of Cotton Science 5: 103-113.
  3. Iqbal M J*, Reddy OUK*, El-Zik KM and Pepper AE. 2001. A genetic bottleneck in the 'evolution under domestication' of upland cotton, Gossypium hirsutum L examined using DNA fingerprinting. Theor. Appl. Genet. 103: 547-554 *Authors contributed equally.
  4. Abdalla AM*, Reddy OUK*, and Pepper AE. 2001. Genetic diversity and relationships of diploid and tetraploid cottons using AFLP. Theor. Appl. Genet. 102: 222-229 *Authors contributed equally.
  5. Reddy OUK, Ramasamy P, Ali J, Nimmakayala P, Hussain JA, Ahmed I, Sarma NP and Siddiq EA. 2000. Prediction of heterotic combinations using RAPD polymorphism in rice. Journal of Genetics & Breeding. 55: 135-141 (2001)
  6. Reddy  OUK, Siddiq EA, Sarma NP, Nimmakayala P, Ramasamy P, Ali J, Hussain JA, Pammi S, Reddy A S. 2000. Genetic analysis of temperature sensitive male sterility in rice using molecular markers. Theor Appl Genet. 100:794-801
  7. Reddy OUK, Siddiq EA,  Ali J, Hussain AJ,  Arti P, Ahmed MI, Sarma NP. 1998. Exploiting heterosis using TGMS lines in intra- and intersubspecific hybridization. International Rice Research Notes 23(1): 12.
  8. Reddy  OUK, Siddiq EA,  Ali J,  Hussain AJ,  Arti P,  Ahmed M  I,  Sarma NP. 1998. Identifying molecular markers for the gene(s) governing thermosensitive genic male sterility in rice. International Rice Research Notes 23(2): 10-11.
  9. Reddy OUK, Siddiq EA, Ali J. 1998. Fertility-altering conditions of promising thermosensitive genic male sterile lines in rice. International Rice Research Notes 23(2): 6-7.
  10. Reddy OUK, Siddiq EA, Ali J, Hussain AJ, Ahmed MI. 1998. Genetics of thermosensitive genic male sterile line in rice. International Rice Research Notes 23(1): 10.
  11. Padmavathi N, Mahadevappa  M and Reddy OUK. 1997. Restorers and maintainers for WA and 577 A cytosteriles in rice. ORYZA 34: 264-266.
  12. Padmavathi N,  Mahadevappa  M and Reddy OUK. 1997. Combining ability and heterosis for grain yield and its related characters in rice. ORYZA 34: 107-111.
  13. Padmavathi N, Mahadevappa M and Reddy OUK. 1996. Characterization of CMS lines and maintainers in rice by HPLC of seed proteins. Indian J Pl Genet Resources 9(1): 151-154.
  14. Padmavathi N, Mahadevappa M, Reddy OUK. 1996. Association of various yield components in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Crop Research.12: 353-357.
  15. Padmavathi N, Thangavelu S and Reddy OUK. 1994. Combining ability in Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.). Sesame and Safflower Newsletter 8: 7-12.
  16. Reddy OUK and Padmavathi N. 1996. Genetic divergence in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.). Indian J Genet Resources 9: 167-170.
  17. Reddy OUK, Dorairaj MS. 1994. Path coefficient analysis in Sesamum. Madras Agricultural Journal, 81: 446-447.
  18. Reddy OUK, Dorairaj MS. 1995. Heritability and correlation studies of various components of dry matter production in Sesamum indicum. Madras Agricultural Journal, 82: 11-13.
  19. Reddy OUK, Dorairaj MS. 1990. Variability, heritability and genetic advance in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.). Madras Agricultural Journal. 77: 398-400.
  20. Reddy OUK, Somarajan KG.  1994.  Genetic variability and character association in interspecific hybrids of sugarcane.  Indian J of Genet and P1 Breed 54(1):32-36.
  21. Reddy OUK, Somarajan KG. 1992.  Genetic divergence in interspecific hybrids hybrids of sugarcane.  Indian J Genet Resources 5 (1):  83-88.
 
 
Conference Presentations (last five years)
  1. Reddy UK, Dingess L, Abburi L and Nimmakayala P. 2012. Competition ability of Arabidopsis ecotypes. 23rd International Conference on Arabidopsis Research. Vienna, Austria 3-7 July, 2012.
  2. Reddy UK, Sumanth M and Nimmakayala P. 2012. Differential miRNA regulation across various ploidy levels in watermelon and Arabidopsis. 23rd International Conference on Arabidopsis Research. Vienna, Austria 3-7 July, 2012.
  3. Yan R. Tomason, Padma Nimmakayala, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy. LD Mapping For Melon Fruit Related Traits. . International Plant & Animal Genome XX Conference.  January 12-16, 2012.
  4. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy SNP Genotyping In Watermelon Heirloom Collections. International Plant & Animal Genome XX. Conference.  January 12-16, 2012.
  5. Aldo Almeida, Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Mark Chatfield, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy. Identifying molecular variation in capsaicin biosynthetic pathway related genes in Capsicum annuum L.   International Plant & Animal Genome XX. Conference.  January 12-16, 2012.
  6. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy, SNP genotyping to resolve population structure in watermelon heirloom collections.  International Plant & Animal Genome XX. Conference.  January 12-16, 2012.
  7. N. Aryal, N.I. Faridi, Nimmakayala, U.K. Reddy. 2011. Use of Fluorescent in situ Hybridization (FISH) to characterize Watermelon and its wild species. 1890 Land-Grant Universities Association of Research Directors, Inc.16th Biennial Research Symposium Proceedings. April 12-16, 2011.
  8. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy Molecular And Cytogenetic Characterization Of Watermelon Using DNA Markers And FISH . International Plant & Animal Genome XX. Conference.  January 12-16, 2011.
  9. Perry Z, Reddy UK and Nimmakayala P. Genetic and metabolomic diversity in Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia L.) 1890 Land-Grant Universities Association of Research Directors, Inc.16th Biennial Research Symposium Proceedings. April 12-16, 2011.
  10. Yan R. Tomason, Padma Nimmakayala, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi Paul Gibson, Umesh K. Reddy. LD Mapping For Melon Fruit Related Traits. . International Plant & Animal Genome XVIII Conference.  January 12-16, 2010.
  11. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Paul Gibson, Umesh K. Reddy Population Structure And Association Mapping In Watermelon Heirloom Collections. . International Plant & Animal Genome XVIII. Conference.  January 12-16, 2010.
  12.  Mohamed Atik Rehman, Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy. Mapping QTL In Synthetic Tetraploid Population Of Watermelon . International Plant & Animal Genome XVIII. Conference.  January 12-16, 2010.
  13. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy Molecular And Cytogenetic Characterization Of Watermelon Using DNA Markers And FISH . International Plant & Animal Genome XVIII. Conference.  January 12-16, 2010.
  14. Nimmakayala P, Tomason YR, Vajja VG and Reddy UK. 2010. Population Structure and Association Mapping in Watermelon. 108th Annual conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, August 2-5, 2010. (Oral Presentation).
  15. Tomason YR, Nimmakayala P, Vajja VG, Levi A, Gibson P and Reddy UK. 2010. LD Mapping for Melon fruit related traits. 108th Annual conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, August 2-5, 2010. (Oral Presentation).
  16. Aryal N, Nimmakayala P, Tomason YR, Jeong J, Vajja VG, Levi A and Reddy UK. Molecular and cytogenetic characterization of watermelon using DNA Markers and FISH.  108th Annual conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, August 2-5, 2010.
  17. Lutz FG, NNimmakayala P, Tomason YR, Levi A and Reddy UK. 2010. Syntenic Analysis of Cucurbit Cultivar Complex Using Microsatellite Markers. 108th Annual conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, August 2-5, 2010. (Oral Presentation).
  18. Yan R. Tomason, Nimmakayala P, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi Paul Gibson, Umesh K. Reddy. LD Mapping For Melon Fruit Related Traits. International Plant & Animal Genome XVIII Conference.  January 12-16, 2010.
  19. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Paul Gibson, Umesh K. Reddy Population Structure And Association Mapping In Watermelon Heirloom Collections. . International Plant & Animal Genome XVIII. Conference.  January 12-16, 2010.
  20.  Mohamed Atikur Rehman, Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy. Mapping QTL In Synthetic Tetraploid Population Of Watermelon . International Plant & Animal Genome XVIII. Conference.  January 12-16, 2010.
  21. Padma Nimmakayala, Yan R. Tomason, Jooha Jeong, Gopinath Vajja, Amnon Levi, Umesh K. Reddy Molecular And Cytogenetic Characterization Of Watermelon Using DNA Markers And FISH . International Plant & Animal Genome XVIII. Conference.  January 1 Reddy OUK, Tomason YR, Levi A and Nimmakayala P. Mapping QTLs in Ukrainian Melons. International Plant and Animal Genomes XIII Conference. January 15-17, 2008.
 
 
Graduate Students conducted thesis research during the last five years under my supervision 
  1. Jooha Jeong: A first linkage map of Sesamum indicum L. Spring 2007
  2. Rao Asturi: Co-localization of fruit yield QTLs to understand domestication footprints in cultivated Capsicum spp.  Fall 2007
  3. Gopinath Vajja: Dynamics of Genetic Diversity in Cotton as Revealed by Methylation Profiles. Spring 2008
  4. Mohammad Atikur Rahman: Mapping QTLs in tetraploid watermelon. Fall 2008
  5. Rene Gist: Hitchhiking effects of DNA methylation on watermelon heirloom genetic diversity and role of epigenetics in regulation of growth and development in Arabidopsis ecotypes. Spring 2009
  6. Nischit Aryal: Cytomolecular characterization of rDNA distribution and copy number variation among various Citrullus species using fluorescent in situ hybridization. Spring 2011
  7. Jonica Thompson: Identification of differential miRNA-guided gene regulations between isogenic diploid and tetraploid watermelon lines. Spring 2012
  8. Hugh Lee Dalton II: Differential expression of miRNA across the grafted tissues collected from heterografts involving different genera of Cucurbitaceae family. Summer 2012
  9. Aldo Almeida: Functional genomics of Capsaicin content (2012-to date)
  10. Lakshmi Abburi: LD and Association mapping in peppers (2012- to date)
  11. Lavanya Abburi: LD and Association mapping in watermelon (2012- to date)
  12. Alejandra Rodriguez: miRNA regulation in climate change pertaining to storage root development (2013- to date)
  13. Adeleye Akintalami: Cytomolecular investigations in Cucurbita spp. (current)
 
Thesis committees I served as a member for the graduate students listed below
  1. Robin Le Turner: DNA sequence variation in geographic diverse samples of Paraorygmatobothrium collected from the Blacktip shark Carcharhinus limbatus. Spring 2007
  2. Joshua Greenwood: Systematics of selected phyllobothriid species utilizing the entire large ribosomal subunit. Fall 2007
  3. Tandiwe Mpabanga: Identification of glucose utilizing anaerobic bacteria in a theremophilic anaerobic digester using stable isotope probing (SIP). Fall 2008
  4. Velvet L. Worstell: Effects of progressive and 17β-estradiol on proliferation and the expression of DLC1, CAV1, and Jun in meningioma cells in culture. Fall 2008
  5. Phillip R. Jones, III: Microarray analysis of gene expression in mechanically stretched vascular smooth muscle cells.  Spring 2009
  6. Leah M. Wilson: The Genus Anthobothrium (Van Beneden, 1850): Molecular systematics and description of six new species. Fall 2009
  7. Charles F. Pomeroy: The Role of Mitochondrial Function and Gene Expression in the Growth of Performance and Feed Efficiency of Juvenile Rainbow Trout. December 2009
  8. Sumanth Manohar: Nuclear localization mediated function of CHMP1A in the regulation of ataxia telangiectasia mutated signaling. Spring 2011
  9. Chase Turner: Taxonomy and host specificity of selected new species of Paraorygmatobothrium. Spring 2012
 
Funded proposals (old):

Reaping the Benefits of Investments in Genomics for Generating High Tech Workforce.  USDA-CSREES (Grant Number: 2002-38820-12641), Amount: $199,981.
Understanding Simplicity of DNA Sequencing and Jugglery of Gene Mapping: A New Paradigm for Biology Education. USDA-NIFA (Grant Number: 2004-38820-15125), Amount: $199,000.
Making Genes Come True: Infusion of Inquiry Using Molecular diagnostics to Address Plant, Animal and Human Health Issues and US Biosafety. (Grant Number: 2005-38820-16354), Amount: $299,897.
Unifying Cross Disciplinary Genomic Platforms Using Model Genetic Organisms for Teaching Biotechnology. (Grant Number: 2006-38820-17478), Amount: $300,000.
Genomics Education Matching Funds (GEMF) award. LI-COR's 2005 Genomics: Educations Matching Fund program in the amount of $34,449.50 (Li-COR Biosciences).
Genome Lab Educational Research Matching Funds: Educations Matching Fund program in the amount of $51,000 (Beckman Coulter, Inc.).
Physical Mapping and Eco-TILLING for Highthroughput Allele Mining of Disease Resistant and Nutraceutical Genes for Pyramiding in Sweetpotato. USDA-CSREES (Grant Number: 2005-38814-16373), Amount - $499,960.
Genetic Resources for Functional Genome Mapping in Cotton. Grant Number: 2003-35300-13286-AS, Source: USDA-CSREES (National Research Initiative: Plant Genome, Amount - $62,000.
Molecular Characterization and Allele Mining in Melons. Grant Number: PDD (CP)-LST.EV 980193, Source: Public Diplomacy Division, NATO, and Amount - $10,500.
Genetic Utilization and Dissemination of New Dinucleotide Microsatellite markers. Source: Cotton Incorporated (Industry), (2001-2006). Amount - $100,000.
Microsatellite Markers for Sweetpotato Molecular Characterization. Source: Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research Incorporation, (2004-2006),Amount - $40,000.
Use of Functional Genomics for Pyramiding Favorable Allele Combinations for Enhancing the Technology to Produce Seedless Watermelon, USDA-CSREES (Grant Number: 2004-38814-15118), Amount - $285,925.
Utilization of Genomics for Molecular Breeding of High Quality and Disease Resistant Peppers, USDA-CSREES: 2003-38814-13906), Amount - $299,647.00.
Upgrading Genome Center with an Infrared Imaging System for Use in Analyses of Transgene Integration and Expression, Mississippi Functional Genomics Network (NIH USM-GR00978-SIDeR-06-2) (2002-2003), Amount $35,000.
 

Undergraduate Students
  1. Robert Cantrell: A junior in biology major studied Use of SSRs in pepper diversity (2004).
  2. Amy Hairston: A junior biology major, worked in pepper genomics (2005).
  3. Bhavna Bandi: A senior biology major, worked on sesame genomics (2005).
  4. Suzanne Smith: A biology sophomore working on SSR polymorphisms in cotton and pepper DNAs (2006).
  5. Rene Gist:  A junior biology student undergoing training in various biotechnology methods (2006).
  6. Ruba Kerdiah: A senior worked on seed variation in cucurbita (2008)
  7. Zura kherdiah: A junior worked on chloroplast counts in diploid and tetraploid watermelon (2007)
  8. Greg Lutz: A senior worked on comparative SSR amplifications in cucurbits (2009)
  9. Zach Perry: A junior worked on SSR amplifications in bitter melon (2010)
  10. Lori Dingess: A sophomore worked on role of miRNAs in melon sex polymorphisms (2012)
  11. Desiree Unselt: A junior currently working on capsaicin genetics in peppers (2013)
 
Undergraduate Students
  1. Robert Cantrell: Microsatellite mining from the Genbank sequences.
  2. Suzanne Smith: SSR polymorphisms in cotton and pepper DNAs.
  3. Amy Hairston: A junior biology major, working in pepper genomics.
  4. Bhavna Bandi: SSRs in sesame.
  5. Zura Kerdieh: LD mapping of petal length in Arabidopsis
  6. Frank Lutz: Comparative genomics of Cucurbits
  7. Ruba Kerdieh: Genetics of seed traits in Cucurbita spp.
  8. Lori Dingess: Investigation into competition ability of Arabidopsis ecotypes.
  9. Zach Perri: Population structure in bitter melon
  10. Rachel Workman: Variation in Chloroplast number in watermelon ploidy levels
 
Visiting Researchers
  1. Dr.Yan Tomason: Dr. Tomason from Dnipropetrovsk Agrarian University, Ukraine, is currently visiting for three months (11-1-2006 till to date) to work on melon genome analysis.
  2. Drs. Babu Patlola and Ravi Chinta: Drs. Chinta and Patlola visited during July (4th to 15th), 2008 from Alcorn state University from Mississippi to attend training in genomic technologies.
  3. Dr. Nirmal Joshi: Dr. Joshi from Fort Valley State University visited during August 10th to 30th, 2009 to carry out research in collaborative programs.
  4. Dr. Sokka Reddy: Director of Biotechnology Center, NG Ranga Agriculture University visited to conducted research on DNA markers during March to July, 2008
  5. Dr. Padmaja Reddy: Professor of Genetics at University of Hyderabad visited to conduct research on functional genomics in rice callus during March to December, 2009
  6. Dr. T.Venkatesan: Scientist from National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, India to conduct research on allele mining during April to June, 2011
  7. Dr. Sridhar Vaddi: Scientist from Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, India to conduct research on allele mining during April to June, 2011
  8. Dr. R.M. Shanthi: Scientist from Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, India to conduct research on marker assisted selection during January to March, 2012
  9. Dr. Ravinder Kumar: Scientist from Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, India to conduct research on marker assisted selection during January to March, 2012
 
 

 

 

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