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Dawn M. Wankowski

Faculty - Biology


Science and Math


(414) 410-4754


RB Roger Bacon 206


Box 201


Dawn Wankowski joined the Cardinal Stritch University faculty in 2002. She has a M.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.S. in Biology from Marquette University. Dawn has 15 years of experience in basic and clinical research in Cardiovascular, Immunotherapy and Oncology.
She has been teaching undergraduate courses to nursing students, biology students, pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental students. Dawn’s areas of expertise include anatomy and physiology, cell biology, environmental biology and immunology. Dawn has focused on research and scholarship involving biomolecular modeling and clinical case study instruction.
She also serves as the faculty mentor for the Pre-Professional Group in the Department of Natural Sciences and has been responsible for internship placements of biology and chemistry majors.
Dawn was named a 2023 Notable Woman in STEM by BizTimes Milwaukee. Read the feature on Dawn at this link


  • B.S., Marquette University
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin


General biology, anatomy and physiology, cell biology, immunology, environmental biology

Why Stritch?

"Prior to teaching at Stritch, I spent years in research involving heart disease and later cancer therapies. As a consequence, when I began teaching at Stritch, my focus was to impart my laboratory and clinical knowledge to students who intended to pursue such professional areas of research or health care. My motto has always been that “structure dictates function” from the level of the cell to the gross anatomy of the human body. This moto is in line with the Franciscan value of reverence of creation. My mission is to impart my passion for investigative thought and appreciation of all living things to Stritch students."

- Dawn M. Wankowski