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Faculty | B.S. in Health Sciences

Kristianna Altamirano

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

  • M.S., California State University Fullerton
  • B.S., Biola University

Kristianna Altamirano’s research is currently focused on assessing physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviors among faculty members at Biola University. Future studies will evaluate demographic, behavioral, and psychological motivating factors that have influenced the amount of reported PA. Additionally she plans to investigate staff PA, and PA across universities from various geographic...

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Marc Apkarian

  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • M.S., San Diego State University
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

Marc Apkarian's teaching interests are in the areas of exercise physiology, fitness evaluation, exercise instruction, and health promotion. He teaches in the undergraduate B.S. in Kinesiology program, with coursework focused primarily on junior and senior level students, facilitating internships and fieldwork as well. His courses include Exercise Physiology, Exercise Physiology Laboratory,...

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Omotooke Arojo

  • Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Donell Campbell

  • Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Associate Director of Nursing

  • M.S., Organizational Leadership and Education, Warner Pacific, Portland, OR
  • B.A., Management, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
  • Special Bible Certificate, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
  • A.D.N., Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR

Donell Campbell uses her love of learning to teach and mentor B.S.N. students from their very first nursing course to their final transition to independent practice as new graduates. Her courses include: Nursing First Year Seminar, Introduction to Professional Practice, Management and Leadership in Nursing, and Community / Public Health Nursing.  She infuses her classes with discussions...

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Paul Ferguson

  • Dean of Science, Tech, Health

Jake Gardner

  • Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health Science
  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

  • PhD, University of Tennessee
  • MS, Illinois State University
  • BS, Montana State University

Jake Gardner’s teaching focuses on areas of human mechanics, including injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance. He teaches in the undergraduate B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Science program, and his classes include Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Analysis of Human Movement, and Directed Studies. Gardner uses current research literature and his personal research experiences to augment his...

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Richard Gunasekera

  • Associate Dean and Professor, Academic and Research Affairs
  • Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Ph.D., Baylor University
  • M.S., Baylor University
  • M.S., University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • B.S., Baylor University

Richard Gunasekera, Ph.D., has enjoyed a 20-year career in higher education as professor and a scientist in the field of Biochemical Genetics and Forensic DNA. He earned his bachelor’s in biochemistry at Baylor University, where he researched and published in organic synthesis as an undergraduate. Gunasekera earned a master’s degree in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Houston-Clear...

Courses

  • Human Genetics
  • Advanced Biochemistry II
  • Biochemical and Molecular Genetics
  • Phytochemicals, Cancer and Disease
  • Forensic Biology & Criminalistics
  • Advanced Practicum in Forensic Science
  • Advanced Cell Biology and Proteomics
  • Analytical Chemistry & Forensic Toxicology
  • Research Methods in Science
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics

Research Interests

  • Cancer Biology
  • Nano-Molecules
  • Biochemical Genetics of Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Forensic DNA
  • Phytochemical Research

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Harvey Havoonjian

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

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

Harvey Havoonjian teaches human anatomy and parasitology. Additional to his teaching duties, he is the founder and director of the Biola Office of Health Professions Advising (BOHPA). He advises students daily as they prepare for the wide range of graduate health professional programs. Following medical school at UCLA, he entered a residency program for internal medicine and also worked as a...

Courses

  • Human Anatomy Lab
  • Parasitology
  • Clinical Observation Practicum

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Kelsey Miller

  • Instructor of Clinical Sciences, Kinesiology and Health Science

  • M.S., California State University Fullerton
  • B.S., Biola University

Kelsey Miller’s teaching interests and experience are in sports performance, personal training, program design, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, and nutrition. She has experience performing fitness assessments with professional athletes from the St. Louis Cardinals and the Anaheim Ducks. She is passionate about bridging the gap between research science and practice, and aims to...

Research Interests

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Performance
  • Cancer
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise

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Brent Peterson

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

  • B.A., Concordia University
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
  • M.P.H., CU Denver, Colorado School of Public Health

Brent Peterson’s teaching expertise is within the realm of physiology of human movement in research, clinical, and public health applications. His teaching portfolio includes Functional Assessment and the Prescription of Exercise, Contemporary Health and Conscious Consumerism, and Nutrition and Human Metabolism, Molecular and Cellular Physiology of Exercise, and Cardiovascular Physiology,...

Courses

  • Lecture, Molecular and Cellular Exercise Physiology, KNES 460 (Fall 2018)
  • Lecture, Nutrition for Health and Sport, KNES 440 (Spring 2018)
  • Lecture, Contemporary Health and Conscious Consumerism, KNES 460 (Fall 2017)
  • Lecture, Introduction to Community and Public Health, KNES 460 (Spring 2017)
  • Lecture, Exercise Prescription and Program Design, KNES 446 (Spring 2017/2018)
  • Lecture, Motor Learning, KNES 408 (Fall 2016/Fall 2017/Spring 2018)

Research Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Nutrition
  • Neuroscience
  • Mental Health
  • Medicine
  • Biological Sciences
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Science
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Exercise
  • Cancer
  • Metabalomics
  • Microbiomics

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