About Me

Dr. Tony Jelsma

Dr. Tony Jelsma
Professor of Biology

Phone: (712) 722-6278
Email: Tony.Jelsma@dordt.edu

I joined the department in 2000. I obtained my Ph.D. in cancer research from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After this I did cancer research in England and worked on nerve regeneration in Montreal. In 1996 I moved into teaching and I taught at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick before coming to Dordt in 2000. I am chair of the department and presently serve as program advisor for the pre-chiropractic and medical technology programs. My academic and research interests are in molecular biology and developmental biology. I have also followed the creation-evolution debate for many years and teach a class in this area.

I recently took up cycling and get out on the road when my schedule and the weather permit.

I also contribute to a blog that looks at Reformed theology and science.

In collaboration with other science professors I have supervised many student summer research internships in cellular and molecular biology. Some of this work was recently published while work in several other areas is continuing.

I teach the following courses at Dordt:

  • Bio 201/202 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Bio 251 Perspectives on Origins
  • Bio 301 Developmental Biology
  • Bio 304 Histology
  • Bio 324 Advanced Genetics
  • Bio 357 Medical Terminology
  • Bio 358 Introduction to Biological Research
  • Bio 380 Directed Senior Research