Faculty | Biochemistry, B.S.

John A. Bloom

  • Chair, Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering
  • Academic Director, MA in Science and Religion
  • Professor of Physics

  • Ph.D., Annenberg Research Institute, Philadelphia
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA
  • B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

I am very interested in the integration of Christianity with the sciences. I am able to share this with both undergraduate and graduate students as the Chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department, and as the Academic Director for Biola's M.A. in Science and Religion program. I live in La Mirada with my family, but some of my students think I live in my office.

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  • Physics I and II
  • Physics of Sound
  • Astronomy
  • Christianity and the Natural Sciences

Research Interests

  • Science and religion
  • Energy

Harvey Havoonjian

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Director, Biola Office of Health Professions Advising

  • M.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S., University of California, Riverside

Dr. Harvey Havoonjian received his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside. He went on to receive his M.D. degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. Following medical school, he entered a residency program for internal medicine and also worked as a doctoral research associate and took part in a dermatologic surgery research fellowship. Since coming to Biola, he...

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  • Human Anatomy Lab
  • Parasitology
  • Clinical Observation Practicum

Valerie A. Baggett

  • Instructor of Chemistry

  • M.A., University of California, Irvine
  • B.S., California State University, Fullerton

In addition to a number of years teaching chemistry, I have experience as a freelance technical writer and had a career developing and marketing spectrophotometers. I love my students and the energy that they bring, an energy that I try to match through kayaking, sailing, swimming, wind-surfing, and skiing. Valerie is married and has three adult children.

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  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Principles of Organic and Biochemistry

Jonah Chang

  • Assistant Professor

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of California Los Angeles
  • B.S., Science, Chemistry Major Program, The University of British Columbia

Jonah Chang was born and raised in Canada, but eventually immigrated to Southern California to pursue his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry at UCLA, continuing as a post-doctoral scholar at UCI. After teaching stints at both UCLA and Santa Monica College, he joined the Christ-centered community at Biola University where he teaches upper and lower division chemistry classes. He maintains...

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  • CHEM 105 and CHEM 106 General Chemistry I and II and Laboratory
  • CHEM 311 Lab in Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 332 Environmental Chemistry and Laboratory
  • CHEM 360 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 413 Laboratory in Biochemistry
  • CHEM 430 Advanced Organic Chemistry and Laboratory

Dana E. Johnson

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry

  • Ph.D., Colorado State University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., California State University, Long Beach

I was among the first graduates of the Master’s in Science and Religion program here at Biola, coming back to teach organic chemistry after earning a doctorate in the field. I love teaching, especially informally in small groups in my office.

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  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Organic and Biochemistry

John Silzel

  • Professor of Chemistry

  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • B.S., University of California, Irvine

I came to Biola after 18 years in industry developing new technologies for biomedical research and medical diagnostics. My teaching at Biola spans chemistry, physics, and engineering, and I enjoy caring for students across this spectrum of interests. I welcome student involvement in my research interests, which include the application of sensors and new signal processing methods to chemical analysis and to music, including the dynamics of bowed string instruments.

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  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Physics II
  • Circuits
  • Data Analysis
  • Computer Techniques for Scientists and Engineers

Research Interests

  • Chemical analysis
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing