Heather Kuruvilla

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Heather Kuruvilla, Ph.D.

Associate Director


Dr. Kuruvilla serves as professor of biology and has been at Cedarville since 1997. She received her B.S. in biology from Houghton College (1992) and her Ph.D. in biological sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1997). She is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, where she presents data at their annual conference and serves on the Congressional Liaison Committee. Dr. Kuruvilla and her students continue to publish scientific articles and abstracts on aspects of chemorepellent signaling in tetrahymena. Dr. Kuruvilla and her husband, Saju, have two daughters, Debbie and Julia. In addition to jumping on the trampoline with Debbie and Julia, Dr. K enjoys writing and playing music, reading, exercise, and watching professional football (Go, Bills!). Dr. Kuruvilla received a Cedarville University Faculty Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2004 and was named the Cedarville University Faculty Scholar of the Year during the 2006–2007 academic year. She has also received a number of other teaching awards, including the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education 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).