Heather Evans Anderson

Assistant Professor of the Department of Health Sciences

Heather Evans Anderson, Ph.D., joined Stetson faculty in fall 2017. She is originally from Belle Glade FL and attended Vanderbilt University for her bachelor's degree in biology (BS, 1999). Her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science was granted by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2004. From 2004 to 2008, Evans Anderson did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Center in the Molecular Cardiology division, where she was funded by an American Heart Association fellowship award. She began her academic career at Winthrop University in 2008, where she was an Associate Professor in the Biology department. Evans Anderson has served as the President of the South Carolina Academy of Sciences as well as an advisory board member of the Ronald E. McNair program at Winthrop and the Project Scientist organization. In addition, she is a graduate of the AACU Project Kaleidoscope summer leadership institute f or STEM education. In 2011, she was awarded the Distinguished Doctorate Alumni award from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Evans Anderson's research expertise is focused on cardiovascular development and disease, specifically growth and function of the myocardium. She has mentored more than 40 undergraduate students as well as multiple master's degree and honors student thesis projects. Her work has been awarded multiple extramural research grants, including an AREA R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine heart development and potential for myocardial regeneration in Ciona intestinalis.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC
  • B.S., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Course Topics

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular development and disease
  • Growth and function of the myocardium
  • Endothelial-myocardial signaling during development

Select Publications

  • Heather J. Evans Anderson. 2017. CRISPR in the Undergraduate Classroom: a CURE
    FASEB J April 2017 31:589.6
  • Evans Anderson, Heather, and Lionel Christiaen. 2016. "Ciona as a Simple Chordate Model for Heart Development and Regeneration." Journal of cardiovascular development and disease 3(3): 25.
  • A. Sengupta, S. Chakraborty, J.H. Paik, K.E. Yutzey, H.J. Evans-Anderson. 2012. FoxO1 is required in endothelial lineages but not myocardial lineages during heart development. Developmental Dynamics, Apr;241(4):803-13.
  • H. J. Evans-Anderson, C.M. Alfieri, K.E. Yutzey. 2008. Regulation of cardiomyocyte proliferation and myocardial growth during development by FOXO transcription factors. Circulation Research. 102 (6): 686-94.
  • C.M. Alfieri, H.J. Evans-Anderson, K.E. Yutzey. 2007. Regulation of locally acting IGF1 regulatory sequences by calcineurin activation of NFATc3. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 292(5): C1887-94.
  • H.J. Evans, L. Edwards, R.L. Goodwin. 2007. Conserved C-Terminal domains of mCenp-F (LEK1) regulate subcellular localization and mitotic checkpoint delay. Experimental Cell Research. 313(11): 2427-37.
  • H. J. Evans and R. L. Goodwin. 2007. Western Array analysis of cell cycle protein changes during the hyperplastic to hypertrophic transition in heart development. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. 303 (1-2): 189-99.
  • H.J. Evans, J.K. Sweet, R.L. Price, M. Yost, R. L. Goodwin. 2003. Novel 3D culture system for study of cardiac myocyte development. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 285: H570-H578.


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