Clean Drinking Water/Curing Aids- A Catalyst for Entrepreneurship

Dr. Harry Kestler & Dr. Kathy Durham
Lorain County Community College

Harry Kestler, Professor of Microbiology at Lorain County Community College, is a molecular biologist who discovered the first live attenuated vaccine for AIDS, and is credited with isolating the first pathogenic AIDS virus molecular clone demonstrating a viral cause for AIDS. He also created the "suicide" vaccine for AIDS. In his doctoral work, Dr. Kestler studied the genetic regulation of growth rate in Escherichia coli. His academic appointments include serving as Faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Adjunct Faculty at Clark University, Assistant Staff (Professor) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Medical School and faculty positions at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic and LCCC. He has focused his studies on molecular biology and molecular virology, with a special emphasis on AIDS. His teaching experience covers every age group from preschool to continuing education programs for physicians. Of his 28 publications in peer reviewed journals, he has enjoyed either first or last authorship in such prestigious publications as Nature, Science, Cell and PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). He also claims 58 published abstracts, 14 of which are related to projects that involved community college students—12 of whom were high school students. All of these students have presented their results at national science meetings. Dr. Kestler holds an A. S. in Psychology from Monroe Community College, a B.A in Psychology from the University of Rochester, and a masters and PhD at the University of Rochester.