Biology Department Faculty & Classified Staff


Our courses are taught by 8 full-time and a team of adjunct instructors. The faculty have a unique combination of biological backgrounds and fields of expertise. These talents are brought into the classrooms and laboratories providing unique viewpoints that allow our students an opportunity to learn the many facets of the world of living things. Laboratory classes are prepared and supervises by a team of 4 technicians (Classified Staff).  Biology's Technical staff handle the complicated logistics of prepping 6 laboratory classroom and 12 different lab subject areas.


Full Time Faculty - updated 14 Nov 2023


Sudakshina (Shina) Alagia - B.Sc. and B.Ed. - Regional College of Education,

M.S. - Vanivihar/Utkal University, India
Anatomy & Physiology (Course Coordinator) - Physiology


Valentine (Joy) Altamero - MS - Colorado State UniversityBS - Midwestern State University

Anatomy & Physiology. 


Selene Miles - B.S. M.S.
Biology, San Diego State UniversityPrinciples of Biology (Course Coordinator)


Steven Miller - B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of ArizonaPh.D. Biology, specialization in Cellular and Developmental Biology, UC San Diego


Michele Perchez - B.S., Cal. State San Bernardino; M.S., UC Riverside.
Microbiology - Course Coordinator


Bonnie Ripley - A.B., Occidental College, Biology ; Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/M.I.T.,
Biological Oceanography, Biostatistics (Course Coordinator), General Biology, Organismal Biology (Course Coordinator)


Allison Shearer - B.S., Biology, University of Kentucky; M.S., Biology, University of California- San Diego
Anatomy (Course Coordinator), Anatomy & Physiology
Biology Learning Centers Coordinator



Full-Time Classified Staff - update 10 Apr 2019


  • Sharon Farley-Furlan - Senior Biology Technician
  • Susan Henderson - A.S. Biology, Cuyamaca College; B.S. Microbiology with emphasis on Public Health, San Diego State University
  • Katherine Leonard - B.S Biology, San Diego State University
    Field Collecting and Outdoor Laboratory maintenance
  • Camara Yonally - Evening Biology Technician