Faculty | Biological Science, B.S.

Wendy Billock

  • Department Chair, Biological Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Biology

  • Ph.D., Loma Linda University
  • M.S., Institute for Creation Research
  • B.A., Point Loma Nazarene College

My passion is for organisms and their environment. The best part of my job is being able to take students to the ocean, the forest or the desert and introduce them to the vibrant and dynamic relationships that God has created there. Plus I get to run all my lab sessions outside! I direct the science writing program here at Biola, and I serve in several ministry organizations. My research background is in behavior ecology in organisms from primates to hermit crabs.

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Courses

  • General Biology II
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Biological Principles

Research Interests

  • Marine ecosystems
  • Animal behavior

Matt Cruzen

  • Associate Professor of Biological Science

  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Teaching Credential, California State University, Long Beach

As chairman of the biology department I have the pleasure of leading the first year seminar course for students in our majors. I love hearing the stories about how God has brought these students to Biola, and I’m excited to be a part of preparing them for a career in science. I have a passion for microbes, molecules and good food, and I mix all three whenever possible. I also direct student research projects on the aging process using the nematode worm as a model.

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Courses

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry I

Research Interests

  • Cellular mechanisms of aging
  • Bacterial metabolism

Ruth Ebeling

  • Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

  • M.S., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.S., Biola University

My specialty is people with their skin off. I’m fascinated by God’s exquisite design in the forms and functions of the human body. I’m especially interested in brain function and brain disorders. I direct independent study students in their work dissecting cadavers (prosection) and I advise students pursuing careers in physical therapy and chiropractics. I love books, writing fiction and teaching Sunday school.

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Courses

  • Human Anatomy
  • Vertebrate Physiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Prosection

Harvey Havoonjian

  • Associate Professor of Biology
  • Director of the 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...

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Courses

  • Human Anatomy Lab
  • Parasitology
  • Clinical Observation Practicum

Hyuna Lee

  • Assistant Professor, Biology

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

Dr. Hyuna Lee had the unique privilege to live in three distinct cultures. She was born in Korea, but raised in Paraguay for 15 years as missionary kid, and moved to the United States during high school. Her multicultural experience allowed her to understand students coming from diverse communities and cultures. Dr. Lee has investigated mitochondrial axonal transport using microfluidic...

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Mark McReynolds

  • Director of Environmental Science
  • Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., Antioch University
  • M.Div., Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
  • B.S., Northern Arizona University

My passion is caring for the Lord’s creation and for his people. I have been blessed to be able to do both in exotic locations such as Belize and the Dominican Republic. Here at Biola I try to get students out in creation anytime I can. My wife Karen and I love leading birding expeditions, hikes, creek cleanups and interterm trips to the jungles of Belize.

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Courses

  • Various classes in Environmental Science
  • Botany
  • Ornithology and Environmental Ethics

Research Interests

  • Tropical ecology
  • Scarlet macaw behavior and distribution

Rafe Payne

  • Emeritus Professor of Biology

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.A., Westmont College

Dr. Rafe Payne specializes in the systematics and zoogeography of monogenean parasites infecting the gills of marine fishes. He is particularly interested in deep-sea fishes and sharks of the Sea of Cortez. Dr. Payne has authored four scientific papers describing nine new species of monogeneans, and currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of the Helminthological Society of...

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Research Interests

  • Systematics, zoogeography, and ecology of Monogenea of marine fishes.
  • Population dynamics and photoidentification of fin whales in the Sea of Cortez.
  • Natural history of Baja California, Mexico.

Jason Tresser

  • Associate Professor of 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.

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Courses

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

Research Interests

  • Ascidian embryology and genetics
  • Organic gardening

Behzad Varamini

  • Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • B.S., Elizabethtown College

Dr. Varamini grew up in frigid Wisconsin before moving to the east coast where he earned his bachelor of science degree in Biotechnology. After an eye opening internship at the National Cancer Institute, where he studied nutrition and colon cancer prevention, he became interested in how nutrients regulate genes. As a result, he studied omega-3 fatty acids in neonatal development at Cornell...

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