Mayank Verma



     Year entered: 2011

     Degrees received:    
     University of Minnesota
     Microbiology and Bacteriology majors
     B.S., 2010

     Honors and Awards:
-2011 Full membership in Sigma Xi
     -2009 3rd place Poster Award: Building Muscle and Blood with Stem
     -2009 Stanley Dagley Memorial Scholarship
     -2008 Best Poster: Marzolf fellowship symposium
     -2008 Best in Session (Oral Presentation): Minnesota Academy of
-2008 Gregory Marzolf Jr. Muscular Dystrophy Training Award
-2007 – 2009 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Univeristy of Minnesota

Research Interests:  My interests lie in studying the mechanism of skeletal muscle injury and regeneration in the context of muscle disease.

Prior Publications:

Nakamura Y, Asakura Y, Piras B a., Hirai H, Tastad CT, Verma M, Christ AJ, Zhang J, Yamazaki T, Yoshiyama M, Asakura A. Increased Angiogenesis and Improved Left Ventricular Function after Transplantation of Myoblasts Lacking the MyoD Gene into Infarcted Myocardium. PLoS ONE 2012 Jul;7(7):e41736.

Verma M, Asakura A. Efficient single muscle fiber isolation from alcohol-fixed adult muscle following β-galactosidase staining for satellite cell detection. The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry: official journal of the Histochemistry Society 2011 Jan;59(1):60–7.

Watanabe S, Hirai H, Asakura Y, Tastad C, Verma M, Keller C, Dutton JR, Asakura A. Myod Gene Suppression By Oct4 is Required for Reprogramming in Myoblasts to Produce Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio) 2011 Jan;612–624.

Verma M, Asakura Y, Hirai H, Watanabe S, Tastad C, Fong G-HH, Ema M, Call JA, Lowe DA, Asakura A. Flt-1 haploinsufficiency ameliorates muscular dystrophy phenotype by developmentally increased vasculature in mdx mice. Human molecular genetics 2010 Nov;19(21):4145–59.

Hirai H, Verma M, Watanabe S, Tastad C, Asakura Y, Asakura A. MyoD regulates apoptosis of myoblasts through microRNA-mediated down-regulation of Pax3. The Journal of cell biology 2010 Oct;191(2):347–65.

Hirai H, Romanova L, Kellner S, Verma M, Rayner S, Asakura A, Kikyo N. Post-mitotic role of nucleostemin as a promoter of skeletal muscle cell differentiation. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 2010 Jan;391(1):299–304.

Asakura A, Hirai H, Kablar B, Morita S, Ishibashi J, Piras BA, Christ AJ, Verma M, Vineretsky KA, Rudnicki MA. Increased survival of muscle stem cells lacking the MyoD gene after transplantation into regenerating skeletal muscle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2007 Oct;104(42):16552–16557.