GMS Faculty Promotions

in General News, Homepage
May 17th, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. James Pokines, Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Dr. Xaralabos Varelas, Biochemistry, on their promotions to Associate Professor.

James Pokines, MED, Anatomy & Neurobiology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA) is a leader in the fields of taphonomy, forensic archaeology, Paleolithic archaeology, and zooarchaeology. His worldwide field research includes the Nile Delta of Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, Cantabrian Spain, and Bolivia.  Dr. Pokines is the course director of five Forensic Anthropology graduate courses, and also the Forensic Anthropologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He is the incoming Vice President for the ABFA, where he also serves on multiple committees.

Xaralabos Varelas, MED, Biochemistry, a creative cellular and molecular biologist whose research focuses on  the development of tissues and organs, and how the underlying homeostatic signals go awry in cancer. His well-funded work on the regulation and function of the Hippo signaling pathway, an essential developmental pathway that has emerged as a central mediator of cancer,has identified novel regulators and functions for Hippo pathway signaling, and described important roles for this pathway in various cancers and in animal development. Dr. Varelas also mentors students within his research program and serves on a many student thesis committees on the Medical and Charles River campuses.