Simpson University hires new Biology professor

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – In conjunction with the startup of its new nursing program this fall, Simpson University has hired a part-time assistant professor of biology.

Brian Hooker, who has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Washington State University, has managed a large-scale systems biology research program at Batelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. He also taught chemical engineering at Tri-State University in Indiana. Currently he teaches at Walla Walla Community College in Washington and operates his own consulting agency.

Dr. Hooker earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from California State Polytechnic University. He is co-owner of several patents, among other accomplishments.

Dr. Hooker will help teach the biology courses required for Simpson University’s new four-year nursing program. The much-anticipated program will launch this fall after it receives final approval from the Board of Registered Nursing.

Fundraising is under way for a Science and Nursing Center on campus. The Fletcher Jones Foundation recently awarded the university a $250,000 grant for the equipping of nursing labs.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs includes ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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