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. Her current research is on the effectiveness of textbooks in teaching biological concepts. 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. Her postdoc was at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. She is currently the Biology Chair.
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 also the preprofessional advisor to students interested in continuing their education at medical, veterinary, dental, pharmacy or physician assistant school. She is the Associate Dean of the Division of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Technology.
Chris Young holds a Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota. He has taught at Alverno since 2000, including courses in introductory biology, evolution, global warming, seminars on environmental history as well as the history and philosophy of science, the nature of science in science education, and science methods for educators. He is an active member and past officer of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology. In his ongoing research, he studies the history of ecological notions of habitat, which includes exploring Milwaukee's urban landscape and the many corridors between land and water, and between city and nature.
Sherry Seston 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.
Leona Truchan is a graduate of Alverno College. Her areas of specialty are two-fold. She taught microbiology, immunology, virology and chronobiology. She has been actively involved on the national, regional, and state level on pre-service and in-service preparation for science teachers. She received her doctorate in the biological sciences from Northwestern University.
Carl Ball specializes in 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.Biology >