Sapinder Bali

Sapinder Bali 7.13.17

Sapinder Bali

Postdoctoral Scholar- Potato Breeding and Genetics

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My Postdoctoral research is majorly focused on Meloidogyne chitwoodi, commonly known as Columbia Root Knot Nematode (CRKN). It is a soil borne pest which effects the potato production in the Columbian Basin region of Oregon and Washington in the US. My prime focus is to look for the genes involved in the plant-pathogen interactions and study the resistance mechanism to CRKN in a wild potato species, Solanum bulbocastanum by using RNAseq technology. The ultimate goal of my study will be to develop molecular resources for CRKN resistance (primarily, high-throughput markers like, SSRs and SNPs) that could assist breeders in developing CRKN resistant potato varieties for the region.

Areas of expertise: Molecular Biology, Genetic Markers, Transcriptomics and Nematology

Educational Qualifications:

PhD (Plant Molecular Biology)- University of Delhi, India (Advisors: Prof. Shailendra Goel and Prof. Soom Nath Raina)

M.Sc (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry)- Guru Nanak Dev University, India

B.Sc (Biotechnology)- Guru Nanak Dev University, India


Raina SN, Ahuja PS, Sharma RK, Das SC, Bhardwaj P, Negi R, Sharma V, Singh SS, Sud RK, Kalia RK, Panday V, Banik J, Razdan V, Sehgal D, Dar TH, Kumar A, Bali S, Bhat V, Sharma S, Prasanna BM, Goel S, Negi MS, Vijayan P, Tripathi SB, Bera B, Hazarika M, Mandal AKA, Kumar RR, Vijayan D, Ramkumar S, Chowdhary BR, Mandi SS (2011) Genetic structure and diversity of India hybrid tea. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 59 (7):1527-1541.

Bali Sapinder, Raina SN, Bhat V, Aggarwal RK, and Goel S (2013) Development of a set of genomic microsatellite markers in tea (Camellia L.) (Camelliaceae). Molecular Breeding 32(3): 735-741.

Bali Sapinder, Mamgain A, Raina SN, Yadav SK, Pradhan AK, Bhat V, Das S and Goel S (2015) Construction of first genetic linkage map in Indian beveragial tea and molecular mapping of drought tolerance loci. Molecular Breeding 35(5): 1-20.

Kumar Shivendra, Ambreen H, Murali TV, Bali S, Agarwal M, Kumar A, Goel S, Jagannath A (2015) Assessment of genetic diversity and population structure in a global reference collection of 531 accessions of Carthamus tictorious L. (Safflower) using AFLP markers. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 33(5):1299-313.

Ambreen H, Kumar S, Murali TV, Joshi G, Bali S, Agarwal M, Kumar A, Jagannath A, Goel S (2015) Development of genomic microsatellite markers in Carthamus tictorious L. (Safflower) using next generation sequencing method and assessment of their cross-species transferability and utility for diversity analysis. PloS ONE 10(8): e0135443

Bali Sapinder, S Goel, SN Raina (2016) Technological Advances in Studying Gene Pool Diversity and Its Exploitation. In Molecular Breeding for Sustainable Crop Improvement. Springer International Publishing. pp. 149-169.

Bali Sapinder, Sathuvalli V, Brown C, Novy R, Ewing L, Debons J, Douches D, Coombs J, Navarre D, Whitworth J, Charlton B, Yilma S, Shock C, Stark J, Pavek M, Knowles R (2016) Genetic Fingerprinting of Potato Varieties from the Northwest Potato Variety Development Program. American Journal of Potato Research. doi:10.1007/s12230-016-9547-z

Hometown: Jammu & Kashmir, India

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