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Dr. Padma Nimmakayala 

Research Scientist and Assistant Professor

Department of Biology
West Virginia State University
103 Hamblin Hall, WVSU, Institute, WV 25112
Office: 304-766-3258
Lab (Room#303): 304-766-5246
Fax: 304-766-4199
E -Mail: padma@wvstateu.edu

Professional Specialties
BAC Libraries and Physical Mapping
Qualitative and quantitative genetics including DNA marker assisted plant breeding
Tissue Culture and transformation

Education and Acadamic Degrees
BS, 1985. Andhra Pradesh Agriculture University, Hyderabad, India (Agriculture)
MS,1988. Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore, India (Genetics & Plant Breeding).
Ph.D.,1993. University of Agriculture sciences, Bangalore, India (Plant Breeding).
Post Doc, 1998-2001. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Molecular Genetics)

Awards/Grants and Fellowships
Andhra Pradesh state government Merit Scholorship for B.S (Agriculture)
IDRC (International Development and Research council) Fellowship for M.S (Genetics)
ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) Senior Fellowship for Ph.D.
Padma Nimmakayala (Project Director) Utilization of Genomics for Molecular Breeding of High Quality and Disease Resistant Peppers.( USDA-CSREES: 2003-38814-13906)$299, 647. Duration: 3 years.
Padma Nimmakayala (Co-PI) Use of Functional Genomics for Pyramiding Favorable Allele Combinations for Enhancing the Technology to Produce Seedless Watermelon. (USDA-CSREES 2004-38814-15118)Duration: 3 years.
Padma Nimmakayala (Project Director) Understanding Simplicity of DNA Sequencing and Jugglery of Gene Mapping: A New Paradigm for Biology Education. (USDA-CSREES: 2004-38814-13906)$200,000. Duration: 3 years.

Appointments
1991-1994 Research Associate, Genetics Division, University Of Agricultural Sciences
1994-1998 Scientist (Plant Breeding), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (Directorate of Oilseed Research (DOR), Hyderabad)
1998-1999 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Laboratory for Crop Genome Analysis (LCGA), Crop Biotechnology Center, Texas A&M University
1999-2001 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Crop Biotechnology Center, Department of Soil & Crop Science, Texas A&M University
2001-2004 Research Scientist, Department of Agriculture, Alcorn State University
2004- present  Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, West Virginia State University

Selected Publications
Wu C, Nimmakayala P, Sun S, Santos FA, Springman R, Ding K, Meksem K, Lightfoot DA and Zhang HB.2004. A BAC and BIBAC-based physical map of the Soybean Genome. Genome Research 14: 319-326.

Wu C, Nimmakayala P, Santos FA, Springman R, Tao Q, Meksem K, Lightfoot DA, and Zhang HB. Construction and characterization of a soybean bacterial artificial chromosome library and use of multiple complementary libraries for genome physical mapping. Theor Appl Genet. (in press).

Reddy OUK, Siddiq E A, Ali J, Hussain JA, Nimmakayala P, Ramasamy P and Sarma NP. 2002. Prediction of heterotic combinations using RAPD polymorphism. Genetics & Breeding 55: 290-296.

Zobrist K, Meksem K, Wu C, Nimmakayala P, Tao Q, Zhang H-B and Lightfoot DA.2000. Integrated physical mapping of the Soybean Genome: A tool for rapid identification of economically important genes. Soybean Genetics Newsletter 27: 10-15.

Reddy OUK, Siddiq EA, Sarma NP, Ali J, Hussain JA, Nimmakayala P, Sujata P and Reddy AS. 2000. Genetic analysis of temperature sensitive male sterility in rice using molecular markers. Theor Appl Genet 100:794-801.

Padmavathi N.1997. Relationship between flower size and capsule size in sesame. Annals of Agrl. Res 10: 92 – 94.

Padmavathi N, Mahadevappa M and Reddy OUK. 1997. Restorers and maintainers for WA and 577 A cytosteriles in rice. ORYZA 34: 264-266.

Padmavathi N.1997. Evaluation of exotic germplasm lines of sesame. Indian J. Pl. Genet. Resources, 10: 159-161.

Padmavathi N and Thangavelu S.1996. Associations of various yield components in sesame. Sesame and Safflower Newsletter 11: 40 – 45.

Padmavathi N, Mahadevappa M and Reddy O U K. 1996. Characterization of CMS lines and maintainers in rice by HPLC of seed proteins. J. Genet 9: 151-154.

Conference Presentations:
Reddy OUK, Nimmakayala N, Saha S, Besong S, Bates GT, Saha S, Jenkins JN, Stommel JR, Quirin E, and Jahn M. 2003. Allelic Plasticity Of Simple Sequence Repeats Among Domesticated And Wild Species Of Capsicum. XIX International Congress of Genetics. July 6-11, 2003.

Reddy OUK, Nimmakayala N, Saha S, Besong S,. Bates GT, Katam R, Saha S, Jenkins JN, Thomas C, and Levi A. 2003. Di and Tri Nucleotide Repeat Motifs for Marker Development in Watermelon. XIX International Congress of Genetics. July 6-11, 2003.

Reddy OUK, Nimmakayala P, Barnes S, Njiti V, Saha S, Jenkins JN, Peterson JK, Harrison HF Jr., Jackson DM, and Bohac JR. 2003. Molecular Diversity among Sweetpotato Germplasm with High and Low Allelopathic Potential Using SSRS and AFLPS. Plant, Animal & Microbe Genomes XI Conference. January 11-15, 2003.

Nimmakayala P, Reddy OUK, Katam R, Besong S, and Bates GT. 2003. Genetic Linkage Map of Sesamum Using AFLP Markers. Plant, Animal & Microbe Genomes XI Conference. January 11-15, 2003.

Wu C, Nimmakayala P, Santos FA, Meksem K, Lightfoot DA, Zhang HB. 2002. Toward a whole-genome, BAC/BIBAC-based integrated physical and genetic map of the soybean genome: The first version of the integrated map. International Plant, Animal & Microbe Genome X Conference.

Shultz J, Wu C, LaMontagne C, Nimmakayala P, Triwitayakorn K, Santos FA, Zhang H-B, Meksem K, Lightfoot DA.2002. The soybean integrated physical and genetic map. International Plant, Animal & Microbe Genome X Conference.

Wu C, Nimmakayala P, Santos F A, Meksem K, Lightfoot DA, Zhang H-B. 2002. The NBS-LRR gene family in the soybean genome is organized and evolves by a process of birth-and-death, super cluster formation and adaptive selection. International Plant, Animal & Microbe Genome X Conference.

Wu C, Nimmakayala P, Tao Q, Santos F A, Meksem K, Springman R, Lightfoot DA, Zhang H-B. 2001. Development of a BAC/BIBAC-based physical map of the soybean genome for accelerated genomics research. International Plant, Animal & Microbe Genome IX Conference.

Wu C, Nimmakayala P, Tao Q, Santos F A, Meksem K, Lightfoot DA, Zhang H-B. 2000. Toward development of a genome-wide BAC and BIBAC physical map of the soybean genome. International Plant, Animal & Microbe Genome VIII Conference.

Lightfoot DA, Meksem K, Nimmakayala P, Tao Q, Zhang H-B, Zobrist K, Shulz J, Iqbal J, Ruben E, Triwitayakorn K, Njiti V, Wu C, Santos FA. 2000. Harvesting genetic variation: Combining genome wide integrated genetic and physical maps with expression profiling. 2000. International Plant, Animal & Microbe Genome VIII Conference.

Padmavathi, N. 1997. Genetics of capsule dehiscence in sesame. Paper presented at the Symposium on Tropical Crop Research and Development, India – International held at Thrissur, Kerala, India during 9-12 September 1997.

Padmavathi, N. 1997. Crossability among sesame species (2n=26). Paper presented at the Symposium on Tropical Crop Research and Development, India – International Conference held at Thrissur, Kerala, India during 9-12 September 1997.

Publications in Preparation
1) Reddy OUK , Tomason YR , Zlenko I , Bashet AZ , Bates GT , Levy A, Nimmakayala P. Molecular Diversity In Ukrainian Melon Germplasm (Molecular Breeding)

2) Nimmakayala, P, Bashet AZ , Bates GT, Langham R , Reddy OUK. Molecular Characterization Of Sesamum Using SSRs And AFLPs. (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

3) Nimmakayala, P, Bates GT, Quirin E, Jahn MM, Stommel J, Reddy OUK. Molecular Diversity of Peppers using SSRs and AFLPs. (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

4) Reddy OUK, Levi A, Nimmakayala P. SSR Capture and Molecular Characterization of Watermelon. (HortScience)

5) Nimmakayala, P, Janice Bohac, Reddy OUK. Use of Microsatellites for Molecular Characterization of Sweetpotato. (Theoretical and Applied Genetics)

6) Nimmakayala, P, Janice Bohac, Reddy OUK. AFLP based Genetic Map of Sweetpotato. (Theoretical and Applied Genetics)

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