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Hessel Bouma III, Professor, Biology

Hessel Bouma
(616) 526-6401
Office: DH 221

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B.A., Biology, Calvin College, 1972
Ph.D., Human Genetics, University of Texas Medical Branch, 1975

Professional Experience

–NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1975-78
–Professor, Department of Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1978-present
–Fellow and Coordinator, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1985-86
–Research Fellow, Institute of Religion and Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX, 1991-92
–Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Carnegie Foundation, Palo Alto, CA, 2000-2001
–Oxford Fellow, Templeton-Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2003-05

- Adjunct Professor, Pacific Rim Campus, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, 2007-08

Research and Professional Interests

  • cell biology, human biology, and human genetics
  • medical ethics (particularly end-of-life issues and genetic technologies; currently focusing on intersexuality)
  • environmental ethics
  • issues in science and Christian faith

Life Outside of Calvin College

Dr. Bouma enjoys reading, gardening, cycling, woodworking, and photography.  He is active in the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA, serving on their editorial board, serves on the Bioethics Committees of Spectrum Health Hospitals and Metro Health, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hospice of Michigan (   He, his wife, and two daughters are active members of Church of the Servant CRC.

See a partial list of Dr. Bouma's publications