Timothy Lin

Timothy Lin, Biology professor

Assistant Professor of Biology
Faculty Fellow for Asian and Asian-American Studies

At North Park since: 2008

“I have always told my students that world is bigger than Chicago,” says Dr. Timothy Lin. This perspective on the world, biology, and life is something his students learn to expect in his classes, and appreciate for how it helps them explore the world. He is grateful for the opportunities to build relationships with students that lead to deeper understanding of coursework as well as discussions about faith and life. “I really appreciate the students’ trust to discuss these sorts of things with me,” he says.

An avid supporter of student research, Dr. Lin has developed a new approach to undergraduate research projects that invites them to think critically and creatively about the biology topics that most interest them. Using his expertise as a microbiologist, Dr. Lin has helped help his students conduct research on a wide range of scientific questions, from gene characterization to a survey of plant host species for the Japanese Beetle.

He also uses his experience growing up in Taiwan to introduce biology students to science around the world. “I enjoy sharing my stories of growing up in that small Asian country, and encourage my students to share their stories as well,” he says. Out of his own experience and expertise, Dr. Lin has created a new course, the Culture and Ecology of Asia, that includes a 16-day study tour to Taiwan. “‘Multicultural’ experience is an immersive experience. Without knowing it, you will learn more than you can imagine.”

Dr. Lin is an active member of the American Society of Plant Biologists and also works on the translation of life sciences textbooks into Chinese. He services as the academic advisor of Mercy Christian Charitable Foundation in Kyrgyzstan, promoting Christian higher education in that Muslim country. On campus, Dr. Lin advises the East Asian Student Association.


  • PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Iowa
  • MS, Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University
  • BS, Biology, Tunghai University, Taichung City, Taiwan

Current Research Project

  • "Survey of Japanese Beetle Host Plans with DNA Barcoding." Research grant funding by the Beta Beta Beta Research Scholarship Foundation Fund; reported at the American Society of Plant Biologists Midwest Section Annual Conference, March 2013.