Experts on "Nutrition"

Electra Allen

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Electra joined Biola in 2015 after completing her MSN at Duke University. She comes to Biola with a passion for nursing education and is looking forward to being a part of the Biola team for many years to come. Her professional nursing career includes working as a critical care registered nurse in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. Electra also worked in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Electra has been actively involved in the Emergency Nurses’ Association. She spent two years on the national committee, helping to design the educational programs for the annual conference. She has also written items for the Pediatric Certification Board's Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam. Prior to her nursing career, she worked in her church’s children’s and creative arts ministries, and she was actively involved in women’s ministry where she helped to coordinate baby showers for families at the local crisis pregnancy center.

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Kristianna Altamirano

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

Kristianna Altamirano currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, health and physical education from Biola University, her master’s degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton and holds CSCS and CPT certifications. Altamirano began teaching for Biola as an adjunct professor in 2007 and became a full time in 2010. She is passionate about imparting her knowledge of the diverse field of kinesiology and health to her students. Altamirano, her husband Eliasar and daughters currently attend church at EvFree Fullerton.

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Marc Apkarian

  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

Marc Apkarian currently serves as Associate Professor and Department Chair for the department of Kinesiology and Health Science. His teaching specialties and professional background include the areas of exercise physiology, fitness assessment and personal training. He has taught exercise science and physical activity college courses for over 15 years. In addition, Marc has worked with individuals aged 9 to 93 in contexts ranging from exercise training and athletic development to post-rehabilitation conditioning since he entered the health and fitness industry in 1995. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, through which he is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He loves being able to empower students to think analytically, solve problems and reach others, while also developing an appreciation for health, well-being and the design of the human body. He and his wife Wendy enjoy spending family time with their daughter, being outdoors, exercising together, hosting gatherings at their home and serving in ministry opportunities.

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Kelsey Miller

  • Instructor of Clinical Sciences, Kinesiology and Health Science

Kelsey Miller began teaching full-time at Biola University in fall 2017. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Biola University (2011) and Master of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton (2017). Her research at CSUF was in human performance involving foam rolling, sprint speed, and range of motion.


Her research interests include sports performance, strength and conditioning, nutrition, & exercise and cancer. Her teaching interests & professional experience are in the areas sports performance, personal training, program design, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, and nutrition. She has certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a certified strength and conditioning coach and a certified personal trainer, and has over 8 years of experience in various personal training & sports performance settings. She co-founded and currently runs Ascension Strength & Performance, a small business providing sports performance and personal training services. In addition, she has had experience performing fitness assessments with professional athletes from the St. Louis Cardinals & the Anaheim Ducks. Miller is passionate about bridging the gap between research science and practice, and aims to provide the most up-to-date, relevant information from the literature to her students using a variety of teaching tools and techniques. She is passionate about helping students explore God’s unique design in human body within the context of human movement, and encourages them embrace their strengths, learn from their weaknesses, and pursue their passions for the glory of God.


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