Assistant Professor of Biology

  • Science Center - 213
  • Biology Department
  • (573) 288-6000 Ext. 6563


Dr. Kanwal Alvarez joined the Culver-Stockton faculty in August 2016. She teaches biology courses with topics such as cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution, research problems, microbiology and general education. Her research interest includes studying the prevalence of antibiotic resistance in microbial species of the Mississippi River.

She previously was an academic professional (laboratory and teaching specialist) and later an assistant professor of biology at the University of Illinois-Springfield in Springfield, Ill. She also taught at Moreno Valley College in Moreno Valley, Calif., Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., the University of California-Riverside in Riverside, Calif., Roundlake Area Schools in Roundlake, Ill., Waukegan Middle School in Waukegan, Ill., and Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill.

She is a reviewer for the National High School Science Symposiums and a member of the Council for Professional Education, American Society of Microbiologists, Entomology Society of America, American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Association of College and University Biology Educators.

Alvarez lives in Canton, Mo., and has a daughter. They enjoy going to the park and the library and visiting Grandma in Chicago.


2002 -- B.A., Biology, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill.
2010 -- Ph.D., Philosophy in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, Calif.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Kanwal Alvarez