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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 18 years of teaching and research experience in Biology. I have received 2010 Microbiology Educator Award from the Ohio Branch of the American Society for Microbiology and 2012-teaching award at Wilberforce University.

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 ecofriendly 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