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Han Chuan Ong

March 16, 2020

Since its inauguration in 2008, the King Institute for Faith and Culture has sought to foster conversation about things that matter, joining town and gown as we bring guests who work at the intersections of Christian faith and culture: artists and ministers, scholars and writers, politicians and prophets.

A native of Malaysia, Han Chuan Ong came to the United States as an undergraduate at Wabash College, where he was inspired by his freshman biology professor who made learning fun, simple, exciting, and lasting.

His graduate training in molecular biology and genetics focused primarily on studying the evolution of mitochondrial genes and genomes, specifically movement of genes between unrelated plants. This inquiry was extended to the study of chloroplast genomes of marine and freshwater algae for his postdoctoral research at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He taught at Lyon College before coming to King, where he teaches biology, leads study abroad trips, and mentors the women’s wrestling team. He and his wife Laura, also a faculty member in biology at King, have three sons.

Time and Location

Monday, March 16, 9:15 (King Memorial Chapel)