Faculty Profiles

Dr. Joseph W. Francis

Chairperson, Department of Biological and Physical Sciences and Department of Mathematics
Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S., Michigan State University
Ph.D., Wayne State University
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan
Joined TMC 2002

Prior to coming to The Master's College, Dr. Francis served four years as a post-doctoral fellow and one year as a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Medical School, and taught biology for ten years at Cedarville University. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Francis has published numerous scientific articles in medical and biological journals. His research interests include: microscopy, cellular immunology, invertebrate biology, and microbiology.

Cell Biology, Immunology, Microbiology

Reece Center for Science and Mathematics

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Dr. Taylor B. Jones

Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Clemson University
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Joined TMC 1986

Prior to joining the faculty at The Master's College, Dr. Jones taught at the United States Naval Academy, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a member of The American Chemical Society and the Creation Research Society. His published works include a laboratory manual which he authored for general chemistry. His research interests include chemical pedagogy, particularly the freshman chemistry sequence, and modeling chemistry on his personal computer using molecular orbital methods. He and his wife, Kimberlyn, who also teaches at TMC, are the proud parents of a daughter, son, daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. In his spare time Dr. Jones enjoys Bible study, studying and playing the games of golf and tennis, refereeing youth soccer and reading German.

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Dr. Dennis L. Englin

Professor of Biological Sciences
B.A.,Westmont College
M.S., California State University, Northridge
Ed.D., University of Southern California
Joined TMC 1981

Dr. Englin enjoys teaching in the areas of animal biology, vertebrate biology, wildlife biology, organismic biology, and astronomy. Memberships include the Creation Research Society, Southern California Academy of Sciences, Yellowstone Association, and AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies. Dr. Englin's most recent publications include the text currently used in Principles of Biology. His research interests are in the area of animal field studies. He is also an adjunct professor for the Center for Professional Studies at TMC.

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Dr. Ross S. Anderson

Professor of Biochemistry
B.A. Austin College
M.B.S., University of Colorado at Boulder
Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Joined TMC 1998

Dr. Anderson's expertise is in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology. He has taught Biochemistry and helped to direct research projects of graduate and medical students at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Anderson was a post-doctoral researcher in the Molecular Genetics Division of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Houston Neurosensory Center.

Dr. Anderson was a member of both the undergraduate and graduate faculty at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. There he taught and directed the research activities of undergraduates and Masters of Science degree candidates in Biology.

Dr. Anderson's research interests include structure-function studies of DNA polymerizing enzymes and the synthesis and expression of synthetic human genes in bacterial hosts. He has authored or co-authored several publications in major, peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi Research Society.

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Prof. Lazella M. Lawson

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S., The Master's College
M.S., CA State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Joined TMC 1995

After graduating from The Master's College in 1987, Miss Lawson facilitated student learning through tutoring services, direction for student assistants in the science labs, and maintenance of the chemical inventory for lab experiments. Since joining TMC's faculty in 1995, she has taught fundamental biology courses for both majors and non-majors from a Biblical worldview, and provided college level teaching and laboratory experiences for students of diverse backgrounds and multi-cultural settings.

Miss Lawson has been a member of the Creation Research Society (CRS) and has aided in a number of CRS-supported research projects. She has created the annual Author/Title Index of the quarterly published by CRS for a number of years. She enjoys camping and playing with her dog.

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