Biological Sciences Faculty
Dr. Alison Albee
Dr. Alison Albee received her B.S. in molecular biology from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She came to St. Louis to pursue her post-doctoral studies in genetics at Washington University before joining the faculty at Lindenwood University in 2013. Her current research interests lie in understanding how the cilium, a cellular organelle implicated in various human diseases, develops and functions using a combination of cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry.
Dr. Gail F. Johnston
Dr. Johnston is a vertebrate zoologist with a specialty in herpetology (amphibians and reptiles). She teaches Introduction to Biodiversity, Vertebrate Zoology, and Advanced Environmental Biology. She has a B.S. degree in wildlife and fisheries, an M.S. degree in zoology from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has taught at Lindenwood University for 17 years and previously taught and managed field stations for St. Louis University and the University of Pittsburgh. She conducts research projects with undergraduates, particularly focusing on animal behavior and the impacts of invasive species.
Dr. Ana Londoño
Dr. Ana Londoño graduated with a B.E. in geological engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geology from the University of Cincinnati. Londoño has seven years of experience in geologic mapping in the government sector and 11 years of experience teaching at the university level. Her professional interests are diverse and interdisciplinary. Her research deals with the interactions between geologic processes and humans, including landscape modifications by pre-Columbian cultures in southern Peru, agricultural practices under water stress conditions, and 3-D mapping of geologic processes and archaeological sites. In addition, she studies natural hazards, such as landslides, and flooding and earthquakes in the Midwest.
Dr. Joshua S. Neely
A graduate of Washington State University’s Ph.D. program in biological sciences, Dr. Neely has worked in higher education since 1998. His academic interests include botany, genetics, and evolutionary theory.
Dr. Robin R. Rodriguez
Dr. Rodriguez earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in soil science at Utah State University, an M.S. in civil (Environ.) engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Ph.D. in soil science (soil chemistry) from Oklahoma State University, and a Graduate Certificate in clinical toxicology from the University of Florida. She has worked in the environmental industry for more than 25 years as a consultant on chemically contaminated hazardous waste sites. She has taught at the university level since 2004. She specializes in environmental risk assessment for both human and wildlife exposures to chemically contaminated media. In her lengthy career, she has designed and executed environmental risk assessments for over 100 chemically contaminated sites.
Dr. Chad Welsh
Dr. Chad Welsh is a Microbiologist and Immunologist with an interest in bacterial infections and the cellular response. After receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Middle Tennessee State University he attended the University of Louisville Medical School to earn his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology in 2003. Dr. Welsh has been teaching here at Lindenwood since Fall 2010 where he can be found teaching varied courses from Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Virology amongst many others. His current undergraduate research interests focus on cellular biological responses bacterial pathogens.
Dr. Megan Woltz
Dr. Megan Woltz received her B.S. in environmental science with an ecology concentration from North Carolina State University in 2007 and her Ph.D. in entomology & ecology from Michigan State University in 2013. While at MSU, she studied landscape effects on insect communities in agroecosystems and completed a Certification in Teaching College Science. As a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University, Woltz taught entomology and studied biological control of the invasive spotted wing drosophila in fruit crops. Woltz has been teaching full-time at Lindenwood since 2015 and regularly teaches biodiversity, ecology, and writing for biology. She uses active learning to enhance student comprehension and engagement. Woltz embeds course content into activities designed to practice scientific skills like quantitative reasoning, hypothesis testing, and graph interpretation. She also enjoys mentoring undergraduates in research on insects in urban and suburban environments.
Dr. Jennifer Firestine
Dr. Firestine has a background in instrumental and analytical chemistry. She teaches General Chemistry, Introduction to Chemical Literature and Laboratory Safety, Applications of Forensic Science, Analytical Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry from Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) and her Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry from Arizona State University where she specialized in MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Her scientific interests are in new instrumental methods and how they can best be applied to education.
Dr. Darla Jia
Dr. Jia has a background in inorganic chemistry and teaches General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University and her Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine. Her scientific interests are in the synthesis and characterization of transition metal complexes.
Dr. Michael Ibele
Dr. Ibele has a background in surface and colloidal chemistry and teaches General Chemistry, Introduction to Chemical Literature and Laboratory Safety, Polymers, Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics and Kinetics) and Physical Chemistry II (Quantum Mechanics). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and his Ph. D. in Chemistry from Penn State University, where his research focused on the synthesis and characterization of artificial, bacteria-sized particles which could propel themselves through solution. His interests are in the field of physical and materials chemistry.
Dr. Scott Hasty
Dr. Hasty has a background in synthetic organic chemistry. He teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I, and Organic Chemistry II. Dr. Hasty earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Missouri St. Louis. After receiving his PhD, he taught as an adjunct instructor at McKendree and Southeast Missouri State Universities before arriving at Lindenwood. His research interests involve developing methodologies towards expeditious oligosaccharide synthesis.