Faculty & Staff
Dr. Katie Burgess
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: 208E O'Rielly
Ph.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicinemore
Started at Avila: 2010
Courses Taught: Introductory Biology, Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, and Biochemistry
Research Interests: Dr. Burgess earned her Ph.D. from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in 2007. Her research interests focus on molecular and morphological analyses of cell signaling pathways important in animal development and tissue regeneration.
Dr. Chad Cooley
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: 210A O’Rielly
Phone: (816) 501-3790
Ph.D., University of Missourimore
Dr. Cooley earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in 2014. His research focuses on the synthesis of fluorescent molecules and their use in the detection of biologically active molecules. Dr. Cooley teaches organic chemistry and biochemistry.
Dr. Stephen Daggett
Professor of Biology
Office: 208A O’Rielly
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State Universitymore
Dr. Daggett received his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University in 1993, the year he came to Avila. His research interests include any question/problem relating to the history of biology and the biology of microorganisms. Dr. Daggett teaches introductory biology, general microbiology, immunology, and genetics.
Started at Avila: 1993
Courses Taught: Bioethics, General Biology, Genetics, General Microbiology, Immunology
Research Interests: Interested in the history of infectious diseases; the genetics and evolutionary biology of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (commonly known as pond scum); and methods in biology teaching. Editor of the education journal Bioscene since 2005 for the Association of College and University Biology Educators.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, classic movies and piano.
Dr. Lida Khalafi
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: 217A O’Rielly
Phone: (816) 501-3788
Ph. D. of Analytical Chemistry, Bu-Ali Sina University, Iran, July 2007.more
Ph. D. of Analytical Chemistry, Bu-Ali Sina University, Iran, July 2007.
Lecturer and Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2016-2019.
Assistant Prof. of Chemistry, Azad University, Tehran, Iran, 2008-2014.
General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis.
Research Interests Development of new pedagogical methods in STEM education.
Drug delivery and supramolecular chemistry focused on cyclodextrins.
Electrochemistry of antioxidants and neurotransmitters.
I enjoy watching and playing basketball, reading and playing with my 4-year-old daughter.
Lindsay Beardall, MS
Laboratory Manager for the Sciences
Instructor of Biology
Lindsay Beardall earned her Master of Science degree in Food Science with a graduate certificate in Public Health from Kansas State University in 2016.more
Food science, microbiology, and public health.
Outdoor activities with my two dogs, live music events, and reading.