Faculty Profile: Dr. Yong Fang Zhu
Dr. Yong Fang Zhu is a biology and health sciences professor in natural sciences and mathematics.
3 min. read
November 7, 2023

Home Base

I was born in Shanghai, China. In 1999, I immigrated to Canada and have since been saved by God’s grace. I live in Ancaster with my family and enjoy gardening, hiking, painting and sharing food.

Stimulating Subject Matter

The most interesting thing I’ve taught is on the topic of peripheral pain. Prior to joining the faculty at Redeemer, I worked at McMaster University as a research scientist in pathology and molecular medicine. My research interest is understanding the mechanism of pain sensational pathways and identifying effective treatment methods for chronic pain.

Teaching Tips

I believe that it’s paramount for faculty to recognize students as mature, active learners with an ability and willingness to learn. We must recognize our role as facilitators of adults’ desire to learn beyond the curriculum and delve into the realities of everyday life, thereby helping to develop the whole person. A key role of teaching in all science disciplines, including biology and health sciences, is to build empathy in active participation. We need firmness, fairness and flexibility.

I believe that it’s paramount for faculty to recognize students as mature, active learners with an ability and willingness to learn.

Faith Moment

A time when my faith was meaningful to me was when I realized I could integrate my work and my faith. The idea that there must be an inner connection between the Gospel and scholarship, as written in Redeemer’s The Cross and Our Calling, is inspiring. After reflecting on Redeemer’s identity and vision, I was on a mission to pursue teaching and research within this Christian academic community. I realized the overall purpose of Christian university education is to equip people to serve as witnesses to Christ’s victory in their various future vocations.

In Conversation with Christ

I seek to discover God’s will for my life and pay attention to how he has gifted me. When I see Jesus face to face, I would like to thank God for all that he has done for me and ask him if I followed his plans for me.

Redeemer Love

One of my favourite things about Redeemer is the chapel services. I attended a service this past April where I was so moved that all members of the Redeemer community gathered midweek to spend 40 minutes in praise, prayer and encouragement from Scripture. The service made me think of John 17:15-16: “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”

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