Ajay Kumar
  • Post-Doc, North Dakota State University
Research focus
  • Plant science
  • Plant Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Crop Improvement


PhD, 2009


1. Salsman E, Kumar A, AbuHammad W, Oladzad-Abbasabadi A, Dobrydina M, Chao S, Li X, Manthey FA, Elias EM (2018) Development and validation of molecular markers for grain cadmium in durum wheat. Molecular Breeding. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-018-0788-z
2. Oladzad-Abbasabadi A, Kumar A, Pirseyedi S, Salsman E, Dobrydina M, Poudel R, Abuhammad W, Chao S, Faris JD, Elias EM (2018) Identification and validation of a new source of low grain Cadmium accumulation in durum wheat. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics.
3. Balcárková B, Frenkel Z, Škopová M, Abrouk M, Kumar A, Chao S, Kianian SF, Akhunov E, Korol A, Doležel J, Valárik M (2017) A high resolution radiation hybrid map of wheat chromosome 4A. Frontiers in Plant Science. 7:2063. doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.02063.
4. AbuHammad WA, Mamidi S, Kumar A, Pirseyedi S, Manthey FA, Kianian SF, Alamri MS, Mergoum M, Elias EM (2016) Identification and validation of a major cadmium accumulation locus and closely associated SNP markers in North Dakota durum wheat cultivars. Molecular Breeding 36: 112. doi:10.1007/s11032-016-0536-1
5. Tiwari V, Heesacker A, Riera-Lizarazu O, Gunn H, Wang S, Wang Y, Gu Y, Paux E, Koo D-H, Kumar A, Luo MC, Lazo G, Zemetra R, Akhunov E, Friebe B, Poland J, Gill B, Kianian S Leonard J (2016) A whole-genome, radiation hybrid mapping resource of hexaploid wheat. The Plant Journal 86(2):195-207, DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13153
6. Kumar A, Mantovani E, Seetan R, Soltani A, Echeverry-Solarte M, Jain S, Simsek S, Doehlert D, Alamri MS, Elias EM, Kianian SF, Mergoum M (2016) Dissection of genetic factors underlying wheat kernel characteristics in an elite × non-adapted cross using 90k SNP iSelect assay. The Plant Genome 9, doi:10.3835/plantgenome2015.09.0081
7. Ali Soltani A, Kumar A, Mergoum M, Pirseyedi, Hegstad JB, Mazaheri M, Kianian SF (2016) Novel nuclear-cytoplasmic interaction in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) induces vigorous plants. Functional and Integrative Genomics. DOI 10.1007/s10142-016-0475-2
8. Jain S, Kumar A (2015) The pathogenesis related class 10 proteins in plant defense against biotic and abiotic stresses. Advances in Plants & Agriculture Research 3(1):00077, doi: 10.15406/apar.2015.03.00077
9. Kumar A, Seetan R, Mergoum M, Tiwari VK, Iqbal MJ, Wang Y, Al-Azzam O, Simkova H, Luo MC, Dvorak J, Gu Y, Denton A, Kilian A, Lazo G, Kianian SF (2015) Radiation hybrid maps of the D-genome of Aegilops tauschii and their application in sequence assembly of large and complex plant genomes. BMC Genomics 16:800
10. Wang Y, Drader T, Tiwari VK, Dong L, Kumar A, Huo N, Ghavami F, Iqbal MJ, Lazo G, Gill BS, Kianian S, Luo MC, Gu Y (2015) Development of a D-genome specific marker resource for diploid and hexaploid wheat. BMC Genomics 16:646, doi 10.1186/s12864-015-1852-2
11. Mazaheri M, Kianian PMA , Kumar A, Mergoum M, Seetan R , Soltani A, Lund LI, Pirseyedi SM , Denton AM, Kianian SF (2015) Radiation hybrid map of barley 1 chromosome 3H. The Plant Genome 8, doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2015.02.0005
12. Echeverry-Solarte M, Kumar A, Kianian SF, Mantovani E, McClean PE, Deckard EL, Elias E, Simsek S, Alamri MS, Hegstad J, Schatz B, Mergoum M (2015) Genome-wide mapping of spike-related and agronomic traits in a common wheat population derived from a supernumerary spikelet (SS) parent and an elite parent. The Plant genome 8, doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2014.12.0089
13. Echeverry-Solarte M, Kumar A, Kianian SF, Simsek S, Alamri MS, Mantovani E, McClean PE, Deckard EL, Elias E, Schatz B, Xu SS, Mergoum M (2015) New QTL alleles for quality-related traits in spring wheat revealed by RIL population derived from supernumerary × non-supernumerary spikelet genotypes. Theor Appl Genet 128:893–912, doi 10.1007/s00122-015-2478-0
14. Jain S, Weeden NF, Kumar A, Chittem K, McPhee K (2015) Functional codominant marker for selecting the Fw gene conferring resistance to fusarium wilt race 1 in pea (Pisum sativum L.). Crop Science 55:1–8. doi: 10.2135/cropsci2015.02.0102
15. Jain S, Porter L, Kumar A, Mir R, Eigenbrode S, McPhee K (2014) Molecular and phenotypic characterization of variation related to pea enation mosaic virus resistance in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.). Canadian J Plant Science 94: 1333-1344, doi:10.4141/CJPS-2014-077
16. Echeverry-Solarte M, Kumar A, Kianian SF, Mantovani E, Simsek S, Alamri MS, Mergoum M (2014) Genome-wide genetic dissection of supernumerary spikelet and related traits in common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). The Plant Genome 7. doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2014.03.0013
17. Belova T, Grønvold L, Kumar A, Kianian SF, He X, Lillemo M, Springer NM, Lien S, Olsen O, Sandve S (2014) Utilization of deletion bins to anchor and order sequences along the wheat 7B chromosome Theor Appl Genet 127(9):2029-40
18. Jain S, Kumar A, Mamidi S, McPhee K (2014) Genetic diversity and population structure among pea (Pisum sativum L.) cultivars as revealed by simple sequence repeat and novel genic markers. Molecular Biotechnology 56(10):925-38, doi 10.1007/s12033-014-9772-y
19. Seetan RI, Denton AM, Al-Azzam O, Kumar A, Surdivant J, Kianian SF (2014) Iterative framework radiation hybrid mapping. Proceedings of the 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining.
20. Seetan RI, Denton AM, Al-Azzam O, Kumar A, Iqbal MJ, Kianian (2014) A noise-aware method for building radiation hybrid maps. Proceedings of the 5th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics. pp:541-550. doi>10.1145/2649387.2649443
21. Seetan RI, Denton AM, Al-Azzam O, Kumar A, Iqbal MJ, Kianian SF (2014) Reliable radiation hybrid maps: an efficient scalable clustering-based approach. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics: 11:788-800, doi:10.1109/TCBB.2014.2329310
22. Mazaheri M, Kianian PMA, Mergoum M, Valentini GL, Seetan R, Pirseyedi SM, Kumar A, Gu YQ, Stein N, Kubaláková M, Dolezel J, Denton AM, Kianian SF (2014) Transposable element junctions in marker development and genomic characterization of barley. The Plant Genome 7. doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2013.10.0036
23. Bassi F, Kumar A, Zhang Q, Paux E, Huttner E, Kilian A, Dizon R, Feuillet C, Xu S, Kianian S (2013) Radiation hybrid QTL mapping of desw2 involved in the first meiotic division of wheat. Theor Appl Genet 126(8):1977-1990
24. Seetan RI, Kumar A, Denton AM, Iqbal MJ, Al-Azzam O, Kianian SF (2013) A fast and scalable clustering-based approach for constructing reliable radiation hybrid maps. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Data Mining in Bioinformatics (pp. 34-41). ACM.
25. Mergoum M, Harilal V, Simsek S, Alamri MS, Schatz BG, Kianian S, Elias E, Kumar A, Bassi FM (2013) Agronomic and quality QTL mapping in spring wheat. J Plant Breed Genet 1:19-33
26. Kumar A, Elias EM, Gavami F, Xu X, Jain S, Manthey FA, Mergoum M, Alamri MS, Kianian PMA, Kianian SF (2013) A major QTL for gluten strength in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var. durum). J Cereal Science 57: 21-29
27. Kumar A, Chhuneja P, Jain S, Kaur S, Balyan HS, Gupta PK (2013) Mapping main effect QTL and epistatic interactions for leaf rust and yellow rust using high density ITMI linkage map. Australian J Crop Science 7(4):492-499
28. Hossain K, Ulven C, Simsek S, Alamri MS, Kumar A, Mergoum M (2013) Interdependence of cultivar and environment on fiber composition in wheat bran. Australian J Crop Sci 7(4):525-531
29. Mergoum M, Harilal VE, Singh PK, Adhikari TB, Kumar A, Ghavami F, Elias E, Alamri MS, Kianian SF (2013) Genetic analysis and mapping of seedling resistance to Septoria tritici blotch in ‘Steele-ND’/‘ND 735’ bread wheat population. Cereal Research Communications. 1(2):199–210
30. Kumar A, Simons K, Iqbal MJ, et al (2012) Physical Mapping Resources for Large Plant Genomes: Radiation Hybrids for Wheat D-genome Progenitor Aegilops tauschii accession AL8/78. BMC genomics 13:597
31. Kumar A, Bassi FM, Paux E, et al (2012) DNA repair and crossing over favor similar chromosome regions as discovered in radiation hybrid of Triticum. BMC Genomics 13:339
32. Kumar J, Jaiswal V, Kumar A, Kumar N, Mir RR, Kumar S, Dhariwal R, Tyagi S, Khandelwal M, Prabhu KV, Prasad, R, Balyan HS, Gupta PK (2011) Introgression of a major gene for high grain protein content in some Indian bread wheat cultivars. Filed Crops Research 123: 226–233
33. Gupta PK, Balyan HS, Mir RR, Kumar J, Kumar A, Kumar S, Jaiswal V, Tyagi S, Kumari S (2011) QTL analysis, association mapping and marker-assisted selection for some quality traits in bread wheat - An overview of the work done at CCS University, Meerut. Journal of Wheat Research 3 (2): 1-11
34. Al-Azzam O, Al-Nimer L, Chitraranjan C, Denton AM, Kumar A, Bassi F, Iqbal MJ, Kianian SF (2011) Network-based filtering of unreliable markers in genome mapping. In Proc. 11th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA 2011), Honolulu, HI, 18-21 Dec. 2011.
35. Kumar J, Mir RR, Kumar N, Kumar A, Mohan A, Prabhu KV, Balyan HS, Gupta PK (2010) Marker-assisted selection for pre-harvest sprouting tolerance and leaf rust resistance in bread wheat. Plant Breeding 129: 617-621
36. Gupta PK, Kumar J, Mir RR, Kumar A (2010). Marker-assisted selection as a component of conventional plant breeding. Plant Breeding Reviews, Vol 33
37. Kumar A, Kumar J, Singh R, Garg T, Chhuneja P, Balyan HS, Gupta PK (2009) QTL Analysis for grain color and pre-harvest sprouting in bread wheat. Plant Science 177:114–122
38. Gupta PK, Balyan HS, Kulwal PL, Kumar N, Kumar A, Rouf Mir R, Mohan A, Kumar J (2007) QTL analysis for some quantitative traits in bread wheat. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B 8:807-814
39. Kulwal PL, Kumar N, Kumar A, Gupta RK, Balyan HS, Gupta PK (2005) Gene networks in hexaploid wheat: interacting quantitative trait loci for grain protein content. Funct Integr Genomics 5: 254–259
40. Balyan HS, Gupta PK, Rustgi S, Bandopadhyay R, Goyal A, Singh R, Kumar A, Kumar N, Sharma S (2005) Development and use of SSRs of bread wheat for genetic and physical mapping and transferability to the species of Triticum-Aegilops complex. Czech J Genet Plant Breed 41: 2005
41. Bandopadhyay R, Sharma S, Rustgi S, Singh R, Kumar A, Balyan HS, Gupta PK (2004) DNA polymorphism among 18 species of Triticum – Aegilops complex using wheat EST-SSRs. Plant Science 166: 349-356