Dr. Verma is currently employed as a statistical and molecular geneticist on the position of Biological Scientist II, at the University of Florida (UF), Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), in the strawberry breeding and genetics laboratory. He has a profound interest in understanding allelic diversity at genetic loci and their segregation and association with important traits in crop species. He has extensive experience in linkage mapping, quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping, and marker-assisted breeding in apple, sweet cherry, peach and in octoploid strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa). He also has extensive experience in JoinMap, FlexQTL, haplotyping and haploblocking and has a keen interest in genomic selection (GS) using SNP array technology. He is a mentor to graduate students, teaching genetic analysis research methods, data analysis and interpretation at University of Florida.
Prior to UF, Dr. Verma completed my Ph.D. in apple fruit genetics and breeding in the Department of Horticulture, Washington State University, Pullman. There he discovered and characterized genetic factors for apple acidity, crispness and juiciness, also working with peach, cherry and other fruit crops. His work has resulted in numerous breeding tools in apple and strawberry and in many refereed journal publications. He has co-authored and authored more than 20 publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals including BioMed Central Genomics, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Molecular Breeding, Horticulture Research, G3 Genes | Genomes | Genetics, Acta Horticulture, Horticulture Science, Frontiers in physiology, Circulation Heart Failure, Plant & Animal Genome conference proceedings, American Society of Horticulture Science conference proceedings, and have served as a reviewer for several journals including Tree Genetics and Genomes & HortScience. He has also presented numerous talks and posters at several International conferences.