Dr. Sujeet Verma

Research Coordinator, Strawberry Breeding Lab

Dr. Verma’s keen interest in the application of FlexQTL™ and other association mapping software using phenotypic and genotypic data for breeding purposes paved his way to join the University of Florida (UF) strawberry breeding program as a postdoc research associate at GCREC. His expertise was instrumental in the application of the 90K Axiom SNP for genome scan of the pedigree connected training populations. Recently, he was able to transform IStraw90 SNP array information into IStraw35 SNP array that helped reduce cost by 50%. He conducted genetic mapping octoploid strawberry in collaboration with Dr. Eric van de Weg from the PRI Netherlands. He was able to create a genetic maps that helped conduct QTL analysis for fruit quality and disease traits in the UF strawberry breeding program. He also had keen interest in identifying associated with  variants of DNA segments and phenotype. As a member of Rosaceae community, he is also involved with the RosBREED-2 project and other Rosaceae community members around the world. He is also supervising graduate students.

Dr. Verma’s research interests include:

  • Marker-assisted breeding
  • Quantitative genetics: QTL mapping, genetic mapping, haplotyping, allele mining
  • Genomic selection for complex traits

Research Coordinator, Strawberry Breeding Lab