Pratibha Kottapalli, Ph.D.
Phone: (806) 834-7045
Dr. Pratibha has joined in 2014 as a Research Associate in the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core at the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics. She has a Ph. D. in Biotechnology and pursued her doctoral research at the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics for mapping Aschochyta blight resistance quantitative trait loci on intra specific mapping population of cultivated chick peas.
Dr. Pratibha has more than 14 years of research experience in plant genomics with expertise in high through-put genotyping. Before joining the center, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Plant Stress Laboratory, USDA–ARS, Lubbock. At the USDA, her research focus was mainly in the next-generation sequencing of transcriptomes of several cotton genotypes for identifying functional SNP markers. She was also involved in RNA-Seq studies of disease resistance mechanisms of fusarium wilt and root knot nematode in cotton genotypes. She has experience in micro RNA profiling to identify regulatory elements involved in post transcriptional gene regulation.
Pratibha has considerable experience and expertise in the field of Next-Gen sequencing library preparation for RNA-Seq, small RNA profiling, whole-genome, 16S metagenome, and microbiome sequencing and is presently involved with next-generation sequencing projects at the core facility on both MiSeq and HiSeq 2500 instruments. She analyzes large scale data using computational software like, Trinity, LaserGene Genomics Suite, CLC WorkBench, GENSTAT, PowerMarker, Structure, NTSYS, TIGR-Multi Experiment Viewer, Blast2GO, and MapMan. She is proficient with Linux operating system and utilizes the TTU server (Hrothgar) for sequencing read assembly and data analysis.
In 2002, she was the recipient of the StateYoung Scientist Award for applied Rice research in India. She has several peer reviewed publications. Pratibha is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science