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AAMU Scientist Receives Mayberry Award

April 16, 2019

Researcher gets coveted award for work as young scientist.

An Alabama A&M University scientist has received one of the highest honors awarded by the 1890 Association of Research Directors.

Dr. Venkateswara Sripathi, an assistant professor of plant and molecular biology in the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS), is the 2019 recipient of the B.D. Mayberry Young Scientist Award.

The professor’s range of work impacts both high school and college students, in addition to farmers and the private sector. Sripathi has submitted over 10 grant proposals and has been responsible for securing nearly $1 million for AAMU through USDA/NIFA and USDA/ARS.

A focus of his myriad research has been the identification of genes associated with Reniform Nematode Resistance in cotton. He has written three book chapters, and produced more than 25 peer-reviewed publications.

Moreover, he has trained more than 30 high school, undergraduate and graduate students on his research projects.  Sripathi also works with the Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology (HAIB) to train two undergraduate interns per year as a part of the outstanding Bio-train (at HAIB) and bioinformatics programs (at AAMU).