Our Team - Alumni


Varma.pngR. Varma Penmetsa

Project Scientist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, USA

Email: rvpenmetsa@ucdavis.edu





Dr. Penmetsa a legume biologist/molecular geneticist at the University of California-Davis. His academic background spans both applied and basic plant sciences, from a BS program in Agricultural Science (GB Pant University, India), and graduate degrees in Crop Science (MS, Virginia Tech) and Genetics (PhD, Texas A&M University).

He has a longstanding engagement in basic research in legumes, particularly in molecular genetics of symbiotic development in the model legume Medicago truncatula. More recently he has been involved in comparative genetics and genomics of crop legumes with the goal of improving molecular/genomic resources in legume crops, particularly those of relevance to the developing regions of the world. This later work was conducted in collaboration with an international network of partners. Recent and current research activities are aimed at defining the genetic architecture and molecular cloning of genes underlying domestication and agronomic traits in several food crop legumes.



Yadira Reynaldo

Lab Manager, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, USA

Email: yreynald@fiu.edu

Yadira Reynaldo is currently a Laboratory Manager in the Department of Biological Sciences in Florida International University. Her background training includes organic chemistry synthesis and inorganic chemistry focusing on fluorophores and optical sensors. Yadira has worked in Florida International University as a laboratory instructor for various courses in Biology and Chemistry since 2009. She had former employment as a HPLC Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry before joining the von Wettberg lab in 2013. Her primary task is related to nutrient analysis of chickpeas.