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LaBoratory of dr. umesh k. reddy

Dr. Reddy is a professor of Biology at West Virginia State University, an adjunct professor at West Virginia University, and an active member of the scientific community, continually pursuing his research interests and contributing to the body of scientific literature.


Research Areas

  • Genomics
  • Breeding
  • Quatitative Genetics
  • Biotic and Abiotic Stress
  • Long Distance Signaling in Crop Plants: Pepper, Tomato, Watermelon, and Arabidopsis


Dr. Reddy has and continues to make substantial contributions to the body of scientific literature through his many publications in the areas of genomics, microbiome, genomic selection, gene expression, and nutraceutical compounds, and has made notable contributions to several books.

List of Publications 
Book Chapters
Google Scholar: Dr. Umesh Reddy

Editorial Positions

In addition to writing and collaborating with others on publications, Dr. Reddy also acts as an editorial board member and reviewer for several publications.

Editorial Board Member
Comparative Genomics and Evolution: BMC Genomics
Plant Genomics and Biotechnology: BMC Plant Biology
Plant Genomics: Nature Scientific Reports
Genetic mapping: Frontiers in Plant Sciences
Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology: Plant Molecular Biology and Physiology
BMC Genetics
Frontiers in Genetics
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Journal of Experimental Botany
Molecular Breeding
Plant Science
Theoretical and Applied Genetics

In addition to performing his own research, collaborating on research with others, and guiding and directing student research, Dr. Reddy is active in other activities as well.


He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes in biology and biotechnology. 

Undergraduate Classes

BIOL 299: Plant Biology
BIOL 270: Genetics
BIOL 373: Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
BIOL 411: Senior Seminar

Graduate Classes

BIOL 599: Crop Diversity and Evolution
BT 511: Graduate Seminar
BT 573: Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
BT 571: Genetics


He speaks at local, regional, and national conferences.

List of Recent Conferences

Other Synergistic Activities

He also organizes and participates in other activities, such as the summer wokshops in genomics for high school teachers, 1890 land-grant faculty, and undergraduate students, and the USDA-NIFA-SCRI, Plant Physiology and Plant Breeding/Biology Panels.
Dr. Reddy, either as the principal or co-investigator, has been awarded a considerable number of grants to further research in areas such as genomics, genetics, and plant breeding. The list below outlines some of those grants and provides more information about the research for which they were granted.

List of Grants



Dr. Amnon Levi, Ph.D., Research Geneticist
USDA, ARS, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory
2700 Savannah Highway
Charleston, South Carolina 29414

Dr. Clint Magill
Professor of Genetics
2132 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2123
Dr. Ram Perumal
Sorghum Breeder
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS -66502
Dr. John R. Stommel
Research Leader
USDA, ARS, Genetic Improvement
of Fruits & Vegetables Laboratory
B-010A, BARC-West
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705
Dr. Donald Adjeroh
Computer Science
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Visiting Researchers

Several visiting researchers from across the globe have joined Dr. Reddy in pursuing various research projects and interests.


Current Students

Chantz Hopman
Identification of genes for ailanthone allelopathy
in tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Armando Pachaco
Transriptome analysis for BTEX compounds
in Arabidopsis
Garret Crummet
Gut microbiome for capsaicin and capsiate
in Drosophila

Former Students

Dr. Reddy served as a major advisor for 35 graduate students’ thesis research projects and supervised 18 undergraduate students’ independent research projects.

List of 31 Supervised Student Thesis/Research Projects
Dr. Umesh Reddy

Umesh K. Reddy, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics and Genomics Department of Biology
West Virginia State University 141 Hamblin Hall
Institute, WV 25112‑1000
Phone: (304) 766-3066
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