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Faculty | B.S. in Biochemistry

Valerie 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.

Courses

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Principles of Organic and Biochemistry

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John Bloom

  • Chair, Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering
  • Director, Science and Religion Program
  • 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 Master of Arts – Science and Religion program. I live in La Mirada with my family, but some of my students think I live in my office.

Courses

  • Physics I and II
  • Physics of Sound
  • Astronomy
  • Christianity and the Natural Sciences
  • Scientific Apologetics
  • Advanced Seminar on Intelligent Design
  • Modern Physics, Cosmology and Design

Research Interests

  • Science and religion
  • Energy

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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’s teaching interests are in the area of chemistry; specifically in organic chemistry and biochemistry. He teaches a variety of courses to chemistry and biochemistry majors including General Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I, Advanced Organic Chemistry and Laboratory, Biochemistry II, and Laboratory in Biochemistry. Recently, he has designed a project-based learning module in Advanced...

Courses

  • 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

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Dana 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.

Courses

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

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Jason Tresser

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., University of California, San Diego

I love teaching at Biola because I get to combine my disparate interests of gardening, genetics, embryos and nutrition together with teaching and discipling students. I direct student research on the embryology and genetics of ascidians and I enjoy conversations with students while pulling weeds in Biola’s organic garden.

Courses

  • General Biology I
  • Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Biochemistry II
  • Developmental Biology

Research Interests

  • Ascidian embryology and genetics
  • Organic gardening

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Behzad Varamini

  • Director, Stewart Science Honors Program
  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D., Human Nutrition, Cornell University
  • B.S., Biotechnology, Elizabethtown College

Behzad Varamini incorporates current clinical case studies and cutting-edge research into his physiology, biochemistry, and nutrition courses, while also working closely with a small group of students in his laboratory.  He is passionate about challenging and mentoring students to reach their truest and highest potential, and the aim of all his work in and out of the classroom is their...

Courses

  • Biochemistry II
  • Physiology
  • Directed Research: Gene Expression
  • Endocrinology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Health, and Society
  • Nutrition Problems in Developing Nations
  • The Microbiome

Research Interests

  • Nutrient-Sensing and Nutrient-Responsive Gene Expression in Drosophila
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Sleep and Longevity

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