Mayank Verma

UMN MSTP student Mayank Verma


Entering Class:


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

University of Minnesota
Integrative Biology & Physiology Graduate Program
Ph.D., 2018

Honors and Awards:  

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (2015-2019)
  • Stem Cell Technology travel award: Muscular Dystrophy Association conference (2019)
  • Graduating Medical Student Research Award (2019)
  • First place poster prize: Engineering-Stem Cell Institute Joint Symposium (2018)
  • Honorable Mention poster prize: Society for Developmental Biology Annual Meeting (2017)
  • Allen Scholar (Skeletal Muscle Satellite Cell and Regeneration) (2016)
  • Institutional nomination for Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation (2016)
  • Fisch Art of Medicine Student Award for exploring creative endeavors (2015)
  • Best Graduate student poster prize Lymnn Foundation Award: Myogenesis GRC (2015)
  • Travel award: University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute (2015)
  • Second place for recruiting the most state science fair judges as a group (2015)
  • First place: Visscher Young Investigator's Competition (Oral presentation) (2014)
  • Finalist, Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation (2014)
  • SigmaXi Grant-in-aid of Research Grant (2014)
  • Runner up poster presentation award: 2013 Developmental Biology Symposium (2013)
  • 3rd place poster award: Building Muscle and Blood with Stem Cells (2009)
  • Stanley Dagley Memorial Scholarship for excellence in biochemical research (2009)
  • Best Poster: Marzolf fellowship symposium (2008)
  • Best in Session (Oral): Minnesota Academy of Science (2008)
  • Gregory Marzolf Jr. Muscular Dystrophy Training Award (2008)
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (2007-2010)

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee 2015-2017, 2018-2020

Thesis Advisor: Atsushi Asakura, Ph.D.

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

Publications (pubmed)

Bosnakovski D, Shams AS, Yuan C, da Silva MT, Ener ET, Baumann CW, Lindsay AJ, Verma M, Asakura A, Lowe DA, Kyba M. Transcriptional and cytopathological hallmarks of FSHD in chronic DUX4-expressing mice. J Clin Invest. 2020 Apr 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Verma M, Shimizu-Motohashi Y, Asakura Y, Ennen JP, Bosco J, Zhou Z, Fong GH, Josiah S, Keefe D, Asakura A. Inhibition of FLT1 ameliorates muscular dystrophy phenotype by increased vasculature in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. PLoS Genet. 2019 Dec 26;15(12):e1008468. PMCID: PMC6932757

Verma M, Asakura Y, Asakura A. Inhibition of microRNA-92a increases blood vessels and satellite cells in skeletal muscle but does not improve DMD related phenotype in mdx mice. Muscle Nerve. 2019 May;59(5):594-602.

Lindsay A, Larson AA, Verma M, Ervasti JM, Lowe DA. Isometric resistance training increases strength and alters histopathology of dystrophin-deficient mouse skeletal muscle. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2019 Feb 1;126(2):363-375.

Verma M, Asakura Y, Murakonda BSR, Pengo T, Latroche C, Chazaud B, McLoon LK, Asakura A. Muscle Satellite Cell Cross-Talk with a Vascular Niche Maintains Quiescence via VEGF and Notch Signaling. Cell Stem Cell. 2018 Oct 4;23(4):530-543.e9. PMCID: PMC6178221

Meier LA, Auger JL, Engelson BJ, Cowan HM, Breed ER, Gonzalez-Torres MI, Boyer JD, Verma M, Marath A, Binstadt BA. CD301b/MGL2+ Mononuclear Phagocytes Orchestrate Autoimmune Cardiac Valve Inflammation and Fibrosis. Circulation. 2018 Jun 5;137(23):2478-2493. PMCID: PMC5988921

Verma M, Fitzpatrick K, McLoon LK. Extraocular Muscle Repair and Regeneration. Curr Ophthalmol Rep. 2017 Sep;5(3):207-215. doi: 10.1007/s40135-017-0141-4. PMCID: PMC5669281

Verma M, Murkonda BS, Asakura Y, Asakura A. Skeletal Muscle Tissue Clearing for LacZ and Fluorescent Reporters, and Immunofluorescence Staining. Methods Mol Biol. 2016;1460:129-40. PMCID: PMC5108297

Call JA, Warren GL, Verma M, Lowe DA. Acute failure of action potential conduction in mdx muscle reveals new mechanism of contraction-induced force loss. J Physiol. 2013 Aug 1;591(Pt 15):3765-76. PMCID: PMC3752456

Ennen JP, Verma M, Asakura A. Vascular-targeted therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Skelet Muscle. 2013 Apr 23;3(1):9. PMCID: PMC3651321

Nakamura Y, Asakura Y, Piras BA, 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. PMCID: PMC3404994

Verma M, Asakura A. Efficient single muscle fiber isolation from alcohol-fixed adult muscle following β-galactosidase staining for satellite cell detection. J Histochem Cytochem. 2011 Jan;59(1):60-7. PMCID: PMC3201122

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. 2011 Jan;612–624. PMCID: PMC3734538

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. PMCID: PMC2951865

Hirai H, Verma M, Watanabe S, Tastad C, Asakura Y, Asakura A. MyoD regulates apoptosis of myoblasts through microRNA-mediated down-regulation of Pax3. J Cell Biol. 2010 Oct 18;191(2):347-65. PMCID: PMC2958479

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. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2010 Jan 1;391(1):299-304. PMCID: PMC2812619

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.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Oct 16;104(42):16552-7. PMCID: PMC2034220

For work prior outside of the University of Minnesota:

Shi H, Verma M, Zhang L, Dong C, Flavell RA, Bennett AM. Improved regenerative myogenesis and muscular dystrophy in mice lacking Mkp5. J Clin Invest. 2013 May 1;123(5):2064-77. doi: 10.1172/JCI64375.