Dr. Mark (Devan) Jonklaas has been a faculty member at Baylor University since the fall of 2003. Dr. Jonklaas was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in both Sri Lanka and Dubai and attended an international boarding school in India for high school. He graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Taylor University in Indiana and completed his Ph.D. at Baylor University in 2003 in Organic Chemistry. His research, amongst other things, focused on making metal-chelating nucleotide derivatives to make artificial restriction enzymes along with anti-cancer (Combretastatin A-4) pro-drugs. Directly after his Ph.D., Dr. Jonklaas joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as a Lecturer, teaching Organic Chemistry 2, General Biochemistry, Modern Biochemistry Lab and Advanced Biochemistry Lab. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in the fall of 2011 and currently teaches General Biochemistry, Topics in Human Biochemistry and Biochemistry/Nutrition. Dr. Jonklaas has been honored for his teaching at Baylor and was awarded the Collins Outstanding Professor of the Year Award in 2015.
Love kept Dr. Jonklaas in Texas and Waco as he met his wife Hannah at Baylor. Hannah, who graduated with a B.S. Degree in Nutrition is a native Texan hailing from Round Rock. They will celebrate their 15th anniversary soon and have been blessed with four children: Mia Grace (7), Robert (5), Amy Rose (3) and Daniel (1.5). Devan and Hannah might also be recognized by fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper as they were featured in season one of the show “Academic Seeks Acreage," but are thrilled for this new adventure of living on Baylor’s campus!
Dr. Jonklaas and his family attend Antioch Community Church where they currently co-lead a small group. Devan and Hannah believe that being a Christian involves knowing how much we are loved by God, and out of the overflow of this, we share His love with those around us so that we can love as He loved us and serve as He served us. “We so look forward to what God has in store for our family as the FIR and family at Earle Hall!"