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Savitha Krishna

Associate Professor,

I joined the Wilmington College faculty in the fall of 2015 to teach Biology. I am interested in studying public health issues and their connection to organismal biology and human health. I am passionate about teaching biology at the undergraduate level where I can connect my broad research experience to the classroom through teaching courses like General biology, Anatomy and Physiology and undergraduate research courses. I have over 24 years of teaching and research experience in Biology. I received the 2010 Microbiology Educator Award from the Ohio Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, the 2012-teaching award at Wilberforce University, the 2018 Faculty Excellence award by the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE).

My current research focus is to study the effects of herbal medicines on human health. I use both, cell lines and animal models to experiment. My past research focused on translating mosquito research into public health policies that build sustainable, long-term eco-friendly vector eradication programs through capacity building, team research, community partnerships and undergraduate research programs.


Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH. 2012-2015
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. 2008-2012
  • Assistant Professor of Biology (Adjunct) Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio. 2007
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Mysore University, Hassan, India. 2000-2001
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Vivekananda College, Puttur, India. 1999


  • Research Associate, 2007, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Department of Defense, Bethesda, MD.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2004–2006, Emergent infectious disease of tropical anurans, Poornaprajna Institute of Research, Bangalore India.
  • PhD., 2004, Applied Zoology, Population ecology and threats for the survival and anuran amphibians in the tropical rain forests of western Ghats, Mangalore University, India.
  • MS., 1994, Biosciences (Courses studied: Cell & Molecular biology; Genetics; Microbiology; Hydrobiology; Comp. Physiology) Mangalore University, India
  • BS., 1992, Biology (Botany, Zoology, Chemistry), Mangalore University, India.

Selected Publications:

  • Effect of e-liquid from an electronic cigarette on the immune profile of Rana pipiens Abigail J. JudeSavitha Krishna. BIOS, 88(4):162-168 (2017)
  • Honchel, J. and Krishna, S. 2016. Foraging behavior of Apis mellifera in southwestern Ohio during the late summer months. Ohio Journal of Science 116(2):21-25.
  • Savitha N Krishna and Sharath B Krishna. 2013. “Bull frogs” book chapter in Amphibians of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey, Inc.
  • Sharath B. Krishna and Savitha N Krishna. 2011. Three color variants in the Malabar pit vipers Trimeresurus malabaricus. IRCF Reptiles and Amphibians 17(3): 5-6.
  • Savitha Krishna. 2010. Bufo parietalis diurnal retreat site. Herpetological Review 41(2):193-194.
  • Felicia Sheets, Savitha Krishna, William A Krebs, Donald Gaiger, Sudhindra Gadagkar, Antony Arment, Sharath Krishna. Population Dynamics of Honeysuckle in the Miami Valley, Ohio. September, 14-15, 2007. 28 th Under graduate Research Symposium 2007 at Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • Savitha N. Krishna and Jaime Bosch. 2007. The breeding behaviour and advertisement calls of the tree-hole breeding frog, Ramanella montana (Microhylidae) in the Western Ghats, S. India. Acta Zoologica Sinica 53(3): 575-578.
  • Savitha N. Krishna and Sharath B. Krishna. 2006. Visual and acoustic communications in an endemic stream frog, Micrixalus saxicolus in the Western Ghats, India. Amphibia-Reptelia 27: 143-147.
  • Savitha N. Krishna, Sharath B. Krishna and K. K. Vijayalaxmi. 2005a. Variation in anuran abundance along the streams of Western Ghats, India. Herpetological Journal 15: 167-172.
  • Savitha N. Krishna and Sharath B. Krishna. 2005b. Breeding population size of an endemic litter frog, Clinotarsus curtipes in the Western Ghats, S. India. Herpetological Review 36(1): 21–23.

Courses Taught: 

  • BI231 Biological Science II
  • BI338 Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BI340 Animal Physiology
  • HS344 Human Anatomy
  • HS345 Human Physiology
  • BI/HS/ES 495 and 496 Research and Seminar I &II