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Sereno family members who are NIU alumni

Rena Sereno

Rena Sereno (’76, M.S. Art Education) is a retired art teacher. Rena taught art at the elementary, junior high and special education levels for 35 years in Naperville. She also taught art at the university level. Rena continues to be involved with NIU’s ALPHA (Art, Literature, Philosophy, History, and Archeology): Friends of Antiquity, and has previously served on the NIU Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Martin Sereno

Martin Sereno (’78, B.S. Geology) is a professor of psychology, chair of cognitive neuroimaging and director of the NeuroImaging Centre at University College London and Birkbeck College. His research aims to map visual, auditory, somatosensory and motor areas in the human brain, and he has pioneered new techniques in brain imaging. Martin's research often delves into the areas of philosophy, brain evolution and the origins of human language and communication systems in animals. He has authored countless articles and lectured all over the world.


Paul Sereno

Paul Sereno (’79, B.S. Biological Sciences) is a paleontologist and professor in the Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy at the University of Chicago, where he teaches paleontology, evolution and anatomy. He is known worldwide for his discoveries, including the world's earliest dinosaur, Eoraptor, and the largest crocodile, nicknamed “SuperCroc.” Paul has led paleontological and archaeological expeditions on five continents. He has authored books and articles in National Geographic and Natural History magazines, been the subject of numerous documentaries, published in numerous journals and lectured worldwide.


Joan Sereno

Joan Sereno (’82, B.S. Psychology, B.A. Philosophy) is a professor of linguistics and the director of undergraduate studies and honors in linguistics at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on psycholinguistics and the neurological bases of language. Other interests include speech perception and second language acquisition/bilingualism. In 2006, Joan was awarded the prestigious W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas. She has published countless research articles and has presented talks worldwide.


Margaret Sereno

Margaret Sereno (’83, B.A. Psychology) is an associate professor at the University of Oregon Department of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience. Her research focuses on the neural bases of vision and spatial abilities. Her research involves the use of brain imaging methodologies, experimental testing and computational modeling. Margaret was awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship to pursue research at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. She has published a book, numerous research articles and has presented talks across the world.


Anne Sereno

Anne Sereno (’85, B.S. Biological Sciences, B.S. Mathematical Sciences) is an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and in Psychology at Rice University. Her research focuses on the higher cognitive functions of attention, short-term memory and the programming of eye movements. Her research has a direct impact on the diagnosis, treatment and etiology of various human diseases and disorders involving the disruption of these functions, such as schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. This year, Anne was awarded a prestigious WICN Visiting Scholar Award to pursue cognitive neuroscience research at the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the United Kingdom. She has published countless research articles and lectured at universities worldwide.


Sara Sereno

Sara Sereno (’86, psychology) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and part of the Faculty of Information and Mathematical Sciences. Her research investigates the cognitive neuroscience of reading. Her research uses eye movement recording, measurement of brain evoked potentials and neuroimaging methodologies to study the temporal dynamics and localization of brain function for the processes involved in reading. Sara recently received an invitation from Sun Yat-Sen University in China and presented her research there on the reading of emotional words. She has authored countless research publications and lectured at universities worldwide.