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 TMU 2002

Prior to coming to The Master's University, 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. Dennis L. Englin

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

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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 TMU 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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Dr. Matthew Ingle

Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., The Master's College
M.S., Ph.D., Loma Linda University
Joined TMU 2015.

Dr. Matthew Ingle grew up in Southern California and attended The Master’s College, where he received a B.S. in biology, with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology. He planned to attend medical school after graduating from TMC, but decided to change his plans after realizing that he was far more interested in genetics and ecology than medicine. Dr. Ingle went on to Loma Linda University for both his M.S. in natural sciences and his Ph.D. in biology. His research interests include genetic health, behavioral ecology, parasitology, phylogenetics and herpetology. Prior to joining the faculty at TMU, he served on the faculty at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He and his wife Jordie have three children, Reagan, Liam, and Madison, and are very excited about returning to live in California.

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Prof. Michael Kornoff

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., CSU San Bernardino
M.A., University of Southern California
Joined TMU 2011.

Before joining The Masters University, Mr. Kornoff was a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California, where he studied graduate chemistry and performed research in the area of organic synthesis. He graduated with a master’s degree from USC in 2010. Since that time, Prof. Kornoff has taught numerous chemistry courses for the department, as well as courses in physical science and earth science. He has also been a contributor to TMU's general chemistry course laboratory manual and is a member of the American Chemical Society.

In addition to chemistry, Mr. Kornoff’s intellectual interests include creation science, astronomy and food science. In his free time he enjoys tennis, backpacking, baking and watching football.

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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 TMU 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 TMU'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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Dr. Matthew McLain

Assistant Professor of Biology and Geology
B.S., Cedarville University
Ph.D., Loma Linda University
Joined TMU 2016.

Dr. Matthew McLain attended Cedarville University, where he received his B.S. in geology. He then moved to Southern California to pursue his Ph.D. in earth sciences from Loma Linda University. He is a member of the Geological Society of America and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. His research interests include vertebrate paleontology, specifically projects involving dinosaurs and pterosaurs, and he has authored and coauthored several publications in peer-reviewed journals. He and his wife Jessica have two children, Alaric and Cody.

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