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Heather Kuruvilla

Heather Kuruvilla, PhD

Senior Professor of Biology


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

Scholarly Works

  • Purification and Characterization of a Novel Lysozyme Receptor from Tetrahymena Thermophila (Heather G. Kuruvilla) Faculty Dissertations (1997)
  • Netrin-3-peptides Are Chemorepellents and Mitotic Inhibitors in Tetrahymena thermophila (Bethany C. Khol, Katelyn Malik, Kenneth W. Ward, et al.) Current Topics in Peptide & Protein Research (2018)
  • Characterization of a Netrin-1-like Protein Secreted by Tetrahymena thermophila (Matthew S. Merical, Bethany C Khol, Katelyn Malik, et al.) Current Trends in Microbiology (2017)
  • Netrin-1 Peptide Is a Chemorepellent in Tetrahymena thermophila (Heather G. Kuruvilla, Bradley Schmidt, Stephanie E. Song, et al.) International Journal of Peptides (2016)
  • A Call to Forward-Thinking Bioethics (Heather G. Kuruvilla) Bioethics in Faith and Practice
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • 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.