I am a professor of biology at Gordon College who loves teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. I am very happily married and have two beautiful daughters. When I’m not watching sports or laughing at life, I enjoy reading and writing on science & religion/theology, with interests as of late that include brain/mind, evolution, the soul, and what it means to be human. I am deeply committed to science but believe that it is not the sole provider of truth. I resonate the most with the “scientist-theologians”, the most well-known being John Polkinghorne, Ian Barbour, and Arthur Peacocke. The pursuit is both an academic and personal one for me and I write from within the framework of Christian faith.
I received my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa, and my Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from UT Southwestern Medical Center where I also did postdoctoral research. I have been at Gordon since 2011 where I teach in the Biology department with a bunch of wonderful colleagues.
I can be found in the usual areas: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter (JustinTopp).
Everything written herein should be attributed to me solely and does not necessarily represent the views of my school, department, or my wife for that matter…