Aug. 17, 2018
John Bloom serves as chair of the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department and as the academic director for Biola's Master of Arts (Science and Religion) (MASR), which he founded in 2004. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in physics and graduate courses in the MASR. His research interests include the integration of Christianity with the sciences and apologetics. Bloom also has an interest in viable alternative energy sources, and equipped his home with photovoltaic solar panels that supply most his home's electrical needs. He lives in La Mirada with his wife and son.
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.
Mark Pichaj has taught courses in physical science to non-science majors, introductory chemistry and chem labs to science majors, and science education to prospective science teachers here at Biola since 2000. Previously, he worked in industry doing analytical chemistry on water and soils, and was a high school science teacher in the city of Los Angeles. He holds master's degrees in philosophy and secondary science education, and is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Mark's interests include science pedagogy, especially using demonstrations in formal and informal science education, and safety in the chemical laboratory. He is also interested in the history and philosophy of science, integrating the study of science with our Christian faith and learning how to teach the natural sciences without teaching naturalism, as well. His home is in Burbank, where he lives with his wife and two daughters, one dog, three egg-laying hens and a beta fish. Mark's family attends Calvary Bible Church, where he teaches adult Sunday School classes and plays trombone in the orchestra.