Dr. Hari Kotturi
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I graduated from Clemson University in 2009 with a Ph.D. in Microbiology.  My dissertation work was on using
Adenoviruses in gene therapy. I started as an assistant professor at UCO soon after my graduation. I am a
virologist by training and my research focus is developing drugs against liver cancer and the Hepatitis C virus. In
recent years herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in treating ailments such as bacterial infections
and cancer. Synthetic drugs that are currently available to treat these ailmentsare plagued by issues such as drug
resistance and side effects. People prefer taking herbal supplements compared to synthetic drugs, because herbal
supplements do not have those issues. My lab focuses on using medicinal plant extracts for treating
cancers that are resistant to conventional chemotherapies. We are interested in understanding the mechanisms
behind the effectiveness of certain plantextracts such as Resveratrol and its analogues against
Hepatitis C virus and liver cancer stem cells.

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Viruses Isolated 
from Oklahoma Soil 
by my lab