Barbara A. van Kuiken


Professor of Chemistry

Barbara van Kuiken is an professor of chemistry at Southern Virginia University.

Dr. van Kuiken joined the faculty of Southern Virginia University in 2000. She holds a master’s in chemistry, and a doctorate in molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology, with the emphasis of her doctoral training in enzyme biochemistry and biophysical chemistry. Her research on the differential effects of saturated, trans-unsaturated and cis-unsaturated fatty acids on enzyme activity earned her an award from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Before coming to Southern Virginia, she worked for several years at Pennsylvania State University as a postdoctoral scholar. Her research projects focused on understanding the biochemical mechanisms of asthma, cancer, and aging. She has published papers in several refereed biochemical journals, and the results of her research projects have been presented at various national and international scientific meetings. She maintains research collaboration with The Pennsylvania State University, continuing medical research on asthma, free radical chemistry and oxidative stress.

In addition to teaching chemistry at Southern Virginia, she is an adjunct professor in the Virginia Military Institute Chemistry Department. Her goal is to make chemistry interesting and applicable to all students and to help students improve their logic and problem solving skills. She also focuses on helping students become well-prepared for advanced studies, and on using innovative teaching methods to help her students build a strong foundation in chemistry. She is the health pre-professionals adviser for the university and is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).

B.S., M.S., Brigham Young University, 1981, 1986; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1992

Contact Information:

Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

205 Durham Hall
540-261-4263 office
1-540-266-3859 fax