Dr. Kottapalli has a Ph.D. in Biotechnology and currently a Research Associate Professor in Center for Biotechnology and Genomics. He has more than 10 years of experience in functional genomics with expertise in bioinformatics analysis of genotypic data, microarray data, large protein mass data, and next-generation DNA sequence data. He has successfully obtained federal grants like USDA-AFRI, NSF, Borlaug-USDA International award, USDA Ogallala Aquifer Initiative with major focus on bioinformatics and functional genomics. He has more than 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals and was awarded International Generation Challenge Program Postdoctoral Fellow in 2005-06. He currently teaches two graduate courses on Gene expression profiling by Next-Gen sequencing (BTEC 5312) and Bioinformatics (BTEC 5001-04). He is currently supervising several M.S. and Ph.D. students with research focus on functional genomics and bioinformatics.