Lavanya Reddivari

  • Assistant Professor/Research Associate
Lavanya Reddivari
207 Tyson Buiding
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-867-0213

Areas of Expertise

  • Dietary bioactive compounds
  • Anthocyanins
  • Gut bacteria and bioactive compound interaction


  1. Ph.D., Horticulture, Texas A&M University, 2007
  2. M.S., Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala, India, 2000
  3. B.S., Horticulture, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India, 1997


  • HORT 202 (3 credits) - Plant Propagation
  • HORT 497B (3 credits) - Genetics of Plant Metabolites: Plant and Human Health

Selected Publications:

Reddivari, L., V. Charepalli, S. Radhakrishnan, R. Vadde, R. Elias, J. Lambert, and J. Vanamala. 2016. Dietary grape compounds suppress oncogenic stem cells in a mouse model of chemically-induced colon cancer. BMC Cancer. Submitted

Charepalli, V., L. Reddivari, R. Vadde, S. Walia, S. Radhakrishnan, and J.Vanamala. 2016. Eugenia jambolana (Java Plum) fruit extract exhibits anti-cancer activity against early stage human HCT-116 colon cancer cells and colon cancer stem cells. Cancers. In Press

Massey, A.R., L. Reddivari*, S. Radhakrishnan, E. Karunathilake, and J. Vanamala. 2016. Pro-apoptotic activity against human cancer stem cells differs between different parts of sweet sorghum, a feedstock for biorefining. Journal of Functional Foods. In Press

Charepalli, V., L. Reddivari*, S. Radhakrishnan, R. Vadde, R. Agarwal, and J. Vanamala. 2015. Anthocyanin-containing purple-fleshed potatoes suppress colon tumorigenesis via elimination of colon cancer stem cells. J Nutr Biochem 26(12): 1641-1649

Blessington, T., D.C. Scheuring, M.N. Nzaramba, A.L. Hale, L. Reddivari, T.A. Vestal, J.E. Maxim and J.C. Miller, Jr. 2015. The use of low-dose electron beam irradiation and storage conditions for sprout control and their effects on xanthophylls, anti-oxidant capacity, and phenolics in the potato cultivar Atlantic. Am J Potato Res 92:609-618

Dadresan, M., D.S. Luthe, L. Reddivari, M.R. Chaichi & D. Yazdani. 2015. Effect of Salinity Stress and Surfactant Treatment on Physiological Traits and Nutrient Absorption of Fenugreek Plant. Commun Soil Sci Plan 46(22): 2807-2820

Vadde, R., S. Radhakrishnan, L. Reddivari, and J. Vanamala. 2015. Triphala extract suppresses proliferation and induces apoptosis in human colon cancer stem cells via suppressing c-Myc/Cyclin D1 and elevation of Bax/Bcl2 ratio. Biomed Res Int 2015:649263

Guard, B., Barr, J. W., Reddivari, L., Klemashevich, C., Jayaraman, A., Steiner, J. M., Vanamala, J., Suchodolski, J. S. Characterization of microbial dysbiosis and metabolomic changes in dogs with acute diarrhea. 2015. Plos One 10(5):e0127259

Farook, V.S., L. Reddivari*, G. Chittoor, S. Puppala, R. Arya, S. P. Fowler, K. J. Hunt, J. E. Curran, A. G. Comuzzie, D. M. Lehman, C. P. Jenkinson, J. L. Lynch, R. A. DeFronzo, J. Blangero, D. E. Hale, R. Duggirala and J. Vanamala. 2015. Metabolites as novel biomarkers for childhood obesity-related traits in Mexican American children. Pediatric Obesity Pediatr Obes 10(4):320-327 doi: 10.1111/ijpo.270.

Ursell, L. K., H. J. Haiser, W.V. Treuren, N. Garg, L. Reddivari, J. Vanamala, P. C. Dorrestein, P. J. Turnbaugh, R. Knight. 2014. The intestinal metabolome: An intersection between microbiota and host. Gastroenterology 146(6):1470-1476.

Massey, A.R., L. Reddivari*, and J. Vanamala. 2014. The Dermal Layer of Sweet Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) Stalk, a Byproduct of Biofuel Production and Source of Unique 3-Deoxyanthocyanidins, has more Anti-proliferative and Pro-apoptotic Activity than Pith in p53 Variants of HCT116 and Colon Cancer Stem Cells. J Agric Food Chem 62:3150-3159

Amer, F.S., L. Reddivari#, G. P. Madiwale, M. Stone, D. G. Holm and J. Vanamala. 2014. Effect of genotype and storage on glycoalkaloid and acrylamide content and sensory attributes of potato chips. Am J Potato Res 91(6):632-641

Henley, T., L. Reddivari*, C. D. Broeckling, M. Bunning, J. Miller, J. S. Avens, M. Stone, J. E. Prenni and J. Vanamala. 2014. American India Pale Ale rich in xanthohumol is potent in suppressing proliferation and elevating apoptosis of human colon cancer cells. Int J of Food Sci & Tech 49(11):2464-2471

Kasdagly, M., S. Radhakrishnan, D.N. R. Veeramachaneni, L. Reddivari and J. Vanamala. 2014. Colon Carcinogenesis: Influence of Western Diet-induced Obesity and Targeting Stem Cells Using Dietary Bioactive Compounds. Nutrition 30 (11-12):1242-1256

*Equal authorship