Faculty | Physical Science, B.S.

John A. Bloom

  • Professor of Physics
  • Chair, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Dept.
  • Academic Director, MA in Science and Religion

  • 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 M.A. in Science and Religion program. I live in La Mirada with my family, but some of my students think I live in my office.

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Courses

  • Physics I and II
  • Physics of Sound
  • Astronomy
  • Christianity and the Natural Sciences

Research Interests

  • Science and religion
  • Energy

Mark Pichaj

  • Assistant Professor of Physical Science

  • M.A., California State University, Northridge
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

I teach a number of introductory courses for science majors and general education courses for non-science majors. I used to be a high school science teacher in Los Angeles and one of my passions is to strengthen and equip prospective science teachers. Accordingly, I am especially interested in using demonstrations in formal and informal science education, safety in the chemical laboratory, and integrating the teaching of science with our Christian faith.

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Courses

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • General Chemistry Labs
  • Chemistry of Everyday Life
  • Physical Science Survey
  • Single Subject Pedagogy in Science.

Albert Yee

  • Associate Professor of Engineering

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., Stanford University
  • B.S., Stanford University

I like to build stuff! Engineering can be an incredibly powerful tool to meet peoples' needs and to wisely steward this incredible world that God has created. My goal is to inspire Biola students to become world class engineers that make a positive impact for the glory of God. I'd also like to break the 65 mph speed limit under my own power on a bike (everyone needs a dream, right?).

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Courses

  • Physics I
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials

Research Interests

  • Appropriate Technology
  • Human Powered Vehicles
  • Biomechanics

Xidong Chen

  • Professor of Physics

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • B.S., Shandong University

My love for physics was kindled by a high school physics teacher in China, where I was born and raised. I came to the United States to further my graduate studies in solid state physics. It was during my second semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that I became a Christian. As a professor, I desire to inspire students to love the beauty of physics and to challenge them to understand and think about the underlying order and structure in God's world. As a researcher, I use high resolution microscopy techniques and numerical methods to look at order in various materials, which in turn makes me more effective in my teaching.

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Courses

  • Physics II and III
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Mathematical Methods for Physicists
  • Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Atomic force microscopy studies of cell structures
  • Fluctuation optical microscopy studies of orientational order in soft matter materials
  • Fluctuation electron microscopy studies of medium-range ordering in amorphous materials
  • Laser speckle imaging and its biomedical applications
  • Monte Carlo simulation studies of surfaces and interfaces

John Silzel

  • Professor of Chemistry

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

I came to Biola after 18 years in industry developing new technologies for biomedical research and medical diagnostics. My teaching at Biola spans chemistry, physics, and engineering, and I enjoy caring for students across this spectrum of interests. I welcome student involvement in my research interests, which include the application of sensors and new signal processing methods to chemical analysis and to music, including the dynamics of bowed string instruments.

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Courses

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Physics II
  • Circuits
  • Data Analysis
  • Computer Techniques for Scientists and Engineers

Research Interests

  • Chemical analysis
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing

Dana E. 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.

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Courses

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

Valerie A. 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.

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Courses

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Principles of Organic and Biochemistry

Jonah Chang

  • Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles
  • B.S., The University of British Columbia

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Courses

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Chemistry 332 Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry 430 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 311 Organic Chemistry