Heather Kuruvilla

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Heather Kuruvilla, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Associate Director, Center for Bioethics


Dr. Heather Kuruvilla has been at Cedarville since 1997. She is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology and continues to publish on aspects of chemorepellent signaling in Tetrahymena. Dr. Kuruvilla was named the Cedarville University Faculty Scholar of the Year in 2007. She has received a number of teaching awards, including the Center for Teaching and Learning Award (2011), Cedarville University Faculty Teaching Effectiveness Award (2004), the SOCHE Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (2005), Ohio Magazine's Excellence in Education Award (2003), and Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2003–2004, 2004–2005).

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S. in Biology, Houghton College


  • Expert Topics: Bioethics, Stem Cell Research, Molecular Biology, Gene Therapy
  • Interests: Reading, music composition and performance 
  • Why Cedarville?: I came to Cedarville University in 1997 because of the opportunity to build an undergraduate research program and strengthen the cell biology offerings in the curriculum. I enjoy training students to be excellent scientists who are confident in what they believe and can engage our world with the testimony of Jesus Christ.