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Our faculty are committed to maintaining a high degree of competence in their specialties and also to helping students develop the ability to think critically, independently, and creatively. They foster a learning environment of mutual support and cooperation in the context of a Christian worldview.

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Kyle Craig

Chair, Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2762


  • PhD University of British Columbia; specialized in bio-organic chemistry with an emphasis in natural products/drug discovery
  • M.S. Walla Walla University; Biology with an emphasis in rodent ecology
  • BS Andrews University; Chemistry

Teaching Areas
Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Survey of Chemistry, Integrated Chemistry Laboratory and Communicating Chemistry

Metabolism, Chemical Ecology, and Chemical Education.

Camping, Hiking, Canyoneering, Photography and Reading

2021 Walla Walla University Excellence in Advising Award

Joseph Brannaka

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2299


  • PhD University of Florida; Organic Chemistry
  • BS Southern Adventist University; Chemistry

Teaching Areas
Survey of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Laboratories, Organometallics and Organic Structural Problems

Synthesis of organometallic catalysts and study of organic mechanisms

2019 recipient of the Walla Walla University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching 

Frank Fabian

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2041


  • PhD University of Nebraska; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Recombinant human plasma clotting Protein Purification and Characterization for the fabrication of fibrin sealants.
    • Liquid Chromatography using size exclusion, cation, anion and affinity resins for protein purification. Including recombinant human Factor IX (to treat hemophilia B), Factor XIII (hemostatic agent) and Fibrinogen
    • Application of fibrinogen and fibronectin as hemostatic and angiogenic agent in wound healing experiments.
  • MSc University of Nebraska; Chemical Engineering
    • Bioreactor design and process optimization for the HIV inhibitor 5P12-RANTES in the yeast Pichia pastoris.
    • Application of response surface methodology and central composite design for the design of experiments (DOE).
  • BS Universidad Nacional del Centro del Peru; Chemical Engineering

Teaching Areas
Physical Chemistry, Integrated Chemistry Laboratory, General Chemistry


  • Research Scientist: Pharmaceutical contract manufacturing and process development facility at University of Nebraska. Process development and GMP production facility for biotech companies (Johnson-Johnson, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Agenus) and government institutions (NIH, DOD).
  • Metallurgist Process Engineer at Casapalca Mining Cia.

Research Interest

  • Plasma proteins purification for fibrin sealants. Fibrinogen, fibronectin, factor XIII, factor IX characterization, interactions, and clotting optimization.
  • Bioreactor design for microbial protein expression. Protein purification by liquid chromatography.
  • Bioreactor design (Stirred tank, wave, hollow fiber, packed bed) for cell culture (CD4+ T cell therapy) and cell isolation recovery.
  • Cell mass, optical density and oxygen mass transfer biosensors.

Soccer, swimming, cycling, guitar, board games, family

Melvin Roberts

Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2040


  • PhD Texas A&M University; Chemistry with a research focus on in redox titrations of nickel-hydrogenase and an understanding of other metalloenyzmes.
  • BS Southwestern Adventist University; Chemistry

Teaching Experience

  • Survey of Chemistry, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioethics, and many other undergraduate chemistry courses.
  • Extensive academic advising for Biology, Chemistry, and many pre-professional healthcare careers


  • Thomas & Violet Zapara Excellence in Teaching Award (1998)
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovation (2018)


  • Computer games, Reading (Fantasy/Science Fiction)