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Reddy, Umesh

 Umesh Reddy in his office
(304) 766-3066

 Adjunct Faculty of Genetics and Developmental Biology

Research Interests

  • Genetic analysis and genome-wide association studies of key traits in Capsicum spp., watermelon, melon, pumpkin, cotton;
  • Plant breeding for whitefly resistance in watermelon and nutraceutical research in pepper;
  • Transcriptomic studies of diploid and tetraploids in watermelon;
  • Genomic approaches to reclaim coal mines and coal-mine water quality analysis in West Virginia; and
  • Mapping of genes and functional studies of longevity using Drosophila melanogaster.


  • Nimmakayala P, Tomason Y, Abburi VL, Rodríguez A, Saminathan T, Vajja VG, Salazar G, Panicker G, Levi A, Wechter W, McCreight J, Korol A, Ronin Y, Garcia-Mas J, Reddy U (2016) Genome-wide differentiation of various melon horticultural groups for use in GWAS for fruit firmness and construction of a high resolution genetic map. Frontiers in Plant Science 7 (1437). doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.01437
  • Vaddi S, Thiruvengadam V, Joshi S, Jalali SK, Chinnappareddy LRD, Nimmakayala P, Tomason Y, Vajja G, Reddy UK (2016) In silico mining of microsatellites and analysis of genetic diversity among inter- and intra-generic aphids of the subfamily Aphidinae. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata:n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/eea.12460
  • Venkatesan T, Sridhar V, Tomason YR, Jalali SK, Behere GT, Shanthi RM, Kumar R, Vajja VG, Nimmakayala P, Reddy UK (2015) Use of expressed sequence tag microsatellite markers for population genetic research of Helicoverpa armigera(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from India. The Canadian Entomologist FirstView:1-13. doi:doi:10.4039/tce.2015.47
  • Saminathan T, Bodunrin A, Singh NV, Devarajan R, Nimmakayala P, Jeff M, Aradhya M, Reddy UK (2016) Genome-wide identification of microRNAs in pomegranate ( Punica granatum L.) by high-throughput sequencing. BMC Plant Biology 16 (1):1-16. doi:10.1186/s12870-016-0807-3
  • Perla, V.; Nimmakayala, P.; Nadimi, M.; Alaparthi, S.; Hankins, G. R.; Ebert, A. W.; Reddy, U. K. Vitamin C and reducing sugars in the world collection of Capsicum baccatum L. genotypes. Food Chemistry 2016, 202, 189-198.