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Hi! My name is Avinash Karn, I go by Avi. I am very passionate about plants and cutting-edge technology. I have in-depth knowledge and a rigorous hands on experience in the field of plant breeding, quantitative genetics, computational biology and high-throughput phenotyping for over 10 years now, which I earned during my research work with plant breeders/geneticists, bioinformaticists, pathologist in my undergraduate, graduate and my postdoctoral career in the United States.

"Share knowledge. Its one way to immortality" - Dalai Lama. I strongly believe in this saying, and I intend to use my education and training in pursuing a career in an organization that is involved to improve human nutrition, health and environment for both developed and developing communities.

Professional career: In Jan, 2021 I joined AgReliant Genetics, LLC as Molecular breeding discovery scientist in Lebanon, Indiana

Academic career:

  • 2018-2020 Postdoc - Computational Biologist — Cornell University, NY, USA
  • 2017 Postdoc - Maize geneticist — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • 2012–2017 PhD - Maize Breeding, Genetics & Genomics — University of Missouri Columbia, Columbia, MO, USA
  • 2008–2012 BSc - Agricultural Sciences — Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, USA

Technical Skills: R, Python, Statistics, Machine Learning, Genetics, Genomics, Plant Breeding, Molecular Biology, Quantitative Genetics, Data Processing in Shell, Bioinformatics, UNIX/LINUX, BASH, HPC cluster, PERL, CSS, HTML, SQL, and GitHub

Agriculture & Biological skills:

  • Lab Skills: DNA extraction, PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, Microscopy
  • Farming Skills: Plowing Field with Tractor, Seed Planting, Pollination

Language Skills: Fluent in English, Nepali, Hindi, Maithali, Bhojpuri, and Basic Spanish skills

Hobbies: Astronomy, Painting (watercolor), Cooking (American, Indian, Spanish), Stamp Collecting, Robotics, Bird watching, Fish keeping, Gardening

Selected Research Publications

Multiple independent recombinations led to hermaphroditism in grapevine Cheng Zou, Mélanie Massonnet, Andrea Minio, Sagar Patel, Victor Llaca, Avinash Karn, Fred Gouker, Lance Cadle-Davidson, Bruce Reisch, Anne Fennell, Dario Cantu, Qi Sun, Jason P. Londo (2021) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A rhAmpSeq haplotype strategy targeting the collinear core genome improves marker transferability across a diverse genus Cheng Zou*,Avinash Karn*, Bruce Reisch, Allen Nguyen, Yongming Sun, Yun Bao, Michael S. Campbell, Deanna Church, Stephen Williams, Timothy P. L. Smith, Anne Fennell, Doreen Ware, Jason Londo, Qi Sun and Lance Cadle-Davidson (2020) Nature Communications

Stable QTL for malate levels in ripe fruit and their transferability across Vitis species Noam Reshef, Avinash Karn, David C Manns, Anna Katharine Mansfield, Lance Cadle-Davidson, Bruce Reisch, Gavin L Sacks(2020) Theoretical Applied Genetics (Submitted)

Fine mapping of leaf trichome density revealed a 747-kb region on chromosome 1 in cold-hardy hybrid wine grape populations Lu Yin, Avinash Karn, Lance Cadle-Davidson, Cheng Zou, Anna Underhill, Paul Atkins, Erin Treiber, Daniel Voytas, Matthew Clark (2019) Frontiers in Plant Sciences - Plant breeding

Computational analysis of AmpSeq data for targeted, high-throughput genotyping of amplicons Jonathan Fresnedo-Ramírez , Shanshan Yang , Qi Sun, Avinash Karn , Bruce I. Reisch, Lance Cadle-Davidson (2019) Frontiers in Plant Sciences

Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) on Disease Resistance in Maize. Shrestha, Vivek, Mani Awale, and Avinash Karn. Springer, Cham, 2019 In Disease Resistance in Crop Plants

Genetic Analysis of Teosinte Alleles for Kernel Composition Traits in Maize Karn, Avinash, Gillman, J. D., & Flint-Garcia, S. A. (2017) G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics

Development of Rigorous Fatty Acid Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Quantitation Methods in Support of Soybean Oil Improvement. Karn, Avinash, Heim, C., Flint-Garcia, S., Bilyeu, K., & Gillman, J. (2016) Journal of the American Oil Chemists

Breeding Specialty Starch Maize Using Exotic Genetic Resources for Gene Discovery of Novel Alleles and Modifiers with Materials Generated from the USDA-ARS GEM Project (2011) Karn, Avinash, Brent Buckner, Diane Janick-Buckner, Mark Campbell, Michael Blanco, Marvin Scott, and Adrienne Moran Lauter. Maize Genetics Conference Abstracts

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