PhD in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2019

BS in Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2008

Courses Taught

Topics in Biology: Human Biology

Emerging Diseases

Human Physiology

Research Interests

Human osteology, palaeopathology, and infectious disease


n.d. Helen M. Werner, Evidence of Brucellosis Infection in the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery. Submitted to The International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

2021 Werner HM, Miller CA, Tillman KK, Wang Y, Vorperian HK. Growth and sexual dimorphism of the hyoid bone and its relationship to the mandible from birth to 19 years: A three-dimensional computed tomography study. Anat Rec. 2021;1–17.

2019 Helen M. Werner. That Other Form of Madness: A Multidisciplinary Study of Infectious Disease in the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery, Doctoral Dissertation.

2017 Michael Kelly, Houri Vorperian, Yuan Wang, Katelyn Tillman, Helen Werner, Moo Chung, Lindell Gentry. Characterizing mandibular growth and development using three-dimensional imaging techniques and anatomic landmarks. Archives of Oral Biology.

2016 Ellie Fisher, Diane Austin, Helen Werner, Ying Ji Chuang, Edward Bersu, Houri Vorperian. Hyoid bone fusion and bone density across the lifespan: prediction of age and sex. Submitted to Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology.

2015 Helen Werner. Molecular Identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the Milwaukee County Institution Grounds Cemetery, Masters Thesis.

2015 Dr. Zhengying Guo , Ms. Rebecca Baus , Ms. Helen Werner , Prof. William Rehrauer , Dr. Ricardo Lloyd. INSM1: a Novel Immunohistochemical and Molecular Marker for Neuroendocrine and Neuroepithelial Neoplasms. Molecular Pathology.

2010 Jennifer A.A. Gubbels, Mildred Felder, Sachi Horibata, Jennifer A. Belisle, Helen Holden, Sarah Petrie, Martine Migneault, Claudine Rancourt, Joseph Conner, and Manish S. Patankar. MUC16 inhibits the binding of NK cells to ovarian tumor targets. Molecular Cancer.

Helen M. Werner

Assistant Professor of Biology

 Pronouns: she/her/hers  Email:  Office: Room 338, Sanger Center for the Sciences

I am a bioarchaeologist, physiologist, and molecular biologist with specific interests in human osteology, palaeopathology, and infectious disease. I study the expression of respiratory bacterial infections in skeletal remains and how the marginalization of a community compounds the intensity of disease.

I primarily teach classes on human biology, including anatomy and physiology, biometrics, and histology and pathology. I encourage my students to focus on curiosity and research methods, so that whether or not they’re “right,” they will have the skills that they need to succeed as scientists. I love learning more about my students’ lives and finding ways to connect human biology to the ways that they navigate the world. I am passionate about research and can trace this passion to my own undergraduate experiences in research labs. I love involving students in my research and encouraging them to find their own areas of inquiry.

My research and teaching keeps me busy, but in my downtime I am a voracious reader, an occasional embroiderer, and a lover of giant fluffy dogs. I run a nonprofit that helps Wisconsin families who have faced pregnancy or infant loss called The Marigold Foundation, and I love sharing the joy of science with my children.

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