Isha Verma, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan Neuroscience Institute
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Lab Location: BSRB 5268

Areas of Interest

Dr. Isha Verma is a stem cell biologist and neuroscientist. Her research is focused on modeling neurological disorders using the human stem cell model system. She has a significant knowledge base in neurodevelopmental biology and plans to apply this knowledge to understand aberrant regulation in various neurological and neurodegenerative disorders and develop stem cell therapies for treatment. She is a strong advocate for communicating her research to the public to increase support for stem cell research and provide hope to patients.

Honors & Awards

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Advocacy Training Program delegate, 2023
  • Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change, awarded to Developing Future Biologists (DFB), Center for the Education of Women (CEW+), University of Michigan, 2021
  • Best research presentation award, Postdoc180 competition, University of Michigan, 2020
  • Best research poster award, Stem Cell Society Singapore (SCSS) Symposium, Modeling Cell Fate and Development 2016, Singapore, 2016


  • Ph.D., Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2017
  • Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India, 2010

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Successful derivation of an induced pluripotent stem cell line from a genetically non-permissive enhanced green fluorescent protein-transgenic FVB/N mouse strain. Abbey D, Singh G, Verma I, Derebail S, Kolkundkar U, Chandrashekar DS, Acharya KK, Vemuri MC, Seshagiri PB. Cellular Reprogramming 2019, 21(5):270-284. doi: 10.1089/cell.2019.0019
  • Directed differentiation of mouse P19 embryonal carcinoma cells to neural cells in a serum- and retinoic acid-free culture medium. Verma I and Seshagiri PB. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Animal 2018, 54(8):567-579. doi: 10.1007/s11626-018-0275-1
  • Efficient neural differentiation of mouse pluripotent stem cells in a serum-free medium and development of a novel strategy for enrichment of neural cells. Verma I, Rashid Z, Sikdar SK, Seshagiri PB. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience 2017, 61:112-124. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2017.06.009
  • Modeling Autism Using Stem Cells. Verma I., 2017

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