DepartmentBiological Science
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty



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


Dr. Tresser received his B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego. He received an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University before completing his Ph.D. in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His doctoral dissertation focused on the genetics of neural development as well as larval behavior and metamorphosis in the ascidian Ciona savignyi. Dr. Tresser taught as an adjunct instructor at Westmont College before joining the faculty at Biola University. Dr. Tresser is continuing his research on the development and behavior of the ascidian larva with students at Biola. Additionally, Dr. Tresser coordinates the Biola Organic Garden. Students interested in botany, horticulture and ecology are involved in growing produce in an organic and sustainable manner on Biola’s campus. Dr. Tresser, his wife Kim and their three girls are actively involved at Grace EV Free Church in La Mirada.

Research Interests

  • Ascidian embryology and genetics
  • Organic gardening


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