DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering
Biola AffiliationsFaculty
Office LocationLim Center 319



  • 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 a small research group focused on the chemical synthesis of natural products. Jonah and his wife Vivian serve at a local fellowship in Alhambra.


  • 2010 - Cram–Winstein Travel Fellowship (UCLA) ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium Award
  • 2007 - Excellence in First Year Academics and Research Award (UCLA)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Nickel-Catalyzed Suzuki–Miyaura Cross-Coupling in a Green Alcohol Solvent for an Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory." , Chang, Jonah J., Garg, Neil K. and Hie, Liana, Journal of Chemical Education, 2014.
  • "Total Synthesis of the Proposed Structure of Mycosporulone: Structural Revision and an Unexpected Retro-Aldol/Aldol Reaction, " Chang, Jonah J. and Jung, Michael E., Organic Letters 2012, 14, 4898–4901.
  • "Enantiospecific Formal Total Synthesis of (+)-Fawcettimine," Chang, Jonah J. and Jung, Michael E., Organic Letters, 2010.
  • "Oxidative Amidation of Phenols through the Use of Hypervalent Iodine Reagents: Development and Applications," Braun, Norbert A., Canesi, Sylvain, Chai, David, Chang, Jonah, Ciufolini, Marco A., and Ousmer, Malika, Synthesis, 2007.
  • "Synthetic Studies Toward Spiroleucettadine," Chan, Bryan, Chang, Jonah J., and Ciufolini, Marco A., Tetrahedron Letters, 2006.


  • 241st ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA. Presented on "Progress Towards the Total Synthesis of Mycosporulone." March 2011.
  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium, Boston, MA. Presented on "Enantiospecific Formal Total Synthesis of (+)-Fawcettimine." July 2010.
  • XXI International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Vancouver, BC. Presented on "Tridentate Amido Carbene Ligands in Early Transition Metal Coordination Chemistry." July 2004.


  • 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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