Faculty & Staff

Patricia Bowne received Bachelor's degrees in biology and in humanities from Edinboro State College, a Master's in marine biology from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Alberta. At Alverno, she specializes in pathophysiology, physiology, and philosophy of science. She has also taught courses in exercise physiology, neurophysiology, and tropical reef biology.

Rebecca Burton teaches animal behavior, ecology, zoology, environmental science, science methods, and introductory biology for majors and non-majors. Her primary interests are in behavioral ecology, but she has also worked in plant restoration ecology, immunology, and neurobiology. She has a special interest in understanding how animals respond to seasonal environments. Becky received her B.S. from The Evergreen State College, her M.A. in zoology from the University of Montana, and her doctorate in ecology from Kansas State University.

Angela Frey received her bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in biochemistry and molecular biology and her doctorate in cellular biology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. At Alverno Angela teaches cellular biology and molecular biology and introductory biology for majors and non-majors. She is the Associate Dean of the Division of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Technology. She is also the preprofessional health advisor to students interested in continuing their education at medical, veterinary, dental, pharmacy or physician assistant school.

Carl Ball teaches classical genetics, molecular genetics and molecular biology. His interests include microbial genetics, yeast physiology and fermentation, and pseudoscience. Carl holds a BA in Biology from Hamilton College and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Alverno, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and worked in yeast research and development at Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee.  He is the Chair of the Biology Department.

Chris Young holds a Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was assistant director of the Center for 21st Century Studies at UWM, and before that he taught at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. His first book,  In the Absence of Predators: Conservation and Controversy on the Kaibab Plateau, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. His new book, Evolution And Creationism : A Documentary And Reference Guide was recently published by Greenwood Press.  He has taught the history of science, introductory biology, the history and philosophy of biology, environmental history, and environmental science courses.

Sherry Dollhopf received her undergraduate degree in biology from UW-Platteville and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Michigan State University. Her research interests cover a wide range of topics from the microbial ecology of coastal marine sediments to the detection and quantification of pathogens in environmental and patient samples. Sherry has taught microbiology, microbial ecology, pathophysiology, and anatomy and physiology. Prior to coming to Alverno, she worked as a research scientist in a local molecular biotechnology company.

Justin LaManna teaches anatomy & physiology and pathophysiology. He received his PhD in Environmental Biology from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. His interests include, behavioral ecology with an emphasis on territoriality and developing introductory laboratories designed to encourage females in science. Before coming to Alverno, he taught at the University of St. Mary in Kansas and Transylvania University in Kentucky.

Amal El-Sheikh teaches Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Foundations of Biology. She has an M.D. degree from the Moscow Medical Academy in Russia and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from University of Louisville in Kentucky. In her graduate work she performed comparative genomic analysis as well as investigative studies into the gene expression of marine nitrifying bacteria. Before coming to Alverno she did postdoctoral work at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she studied microbial communities from a waste water treatment plant.