Faculty and Staff

Experts in physical and biological anthropology, anatomy, osteology, pathology, crime scene investigation, expert witness testimony and forensic sciences, our faculty have been recruited from the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Law, national and international Universitites and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

MooreProgram Director, Tara L. Moore, Ph.D.

Dr. Moore is the Director of the MS in Forensic Anthropology program. Dr. Moore teaches Anatomical Sciences and Professional Development in this program. She has completed training in human remains recovery with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and participated in the development of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences and the Professional Studies in Applied Forensic Sciences & Criminal Investigation programs. Her research interests include recovery of function following stroke and changes in cognitive function with age. tlmoore@bu.edu


SiwekProgram Associate Director, Donald Siwek, Ph.D.

Dr. Siwek is an assistant professor in the department of anatomy and neurobiology at the medical school and has been teaching Medical Gross Anatomy and at BUSM for more than 20 years. Most recently he has developed and taught anatomy and osteology courses for the Biomedical Forensic Sciences and Forensic Anthropology programs. His research interests include comparative anatomy, stereology and neuroanatomy. siwek@bu.edu

Pokines.facultyForensic Anthropologist, James T Pokines, Ph.D., D-ABFA

Dr. Pokines is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He joins the program with over a decade of experience as a Forensic Anthropologist and Forensic Archaeologist. Dr. Pokines received his B.A. degree in anthropology and archaeology from Cornell University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and A.B.F.A. Board certification in forensic anthropology. His research includes vertebrate osteology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, and paleoecology, and he has ongoing archaeological projects in the Bolivian Andes (Tiwanaku and related sites), the Nile Delta (Tell Timai), and the Paleolithic of northern Jordan. He is also the Forensic Anthropologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Boston. jpokines@bu.edu


Program Assistant Director, Gary Reinecke, SSA ret. FBI

SSA Reinecke has a BS in Criminal Justice and a MA in Criminology. SSA Reinecke spent 10 years with the Columbus, Ohio Police Department where he was assigned as a crime scene technician in the Detective Bureau. SSA Reinecke joined the FBI in 1986 and served as a field agent in Phoenix and Detroit where he was assigned to organized crime, bank robberies and drug investigations. In 1998 SSA Reinecke was promoted and transferred to the FBI Laboratory where he was assigned to the Evidence Response Team program. SSA Reinecke managed operational matters for the ERT program. SSA Reinecke retired from the FBI on 12/31/10 after 24 years of service. SSA Reinecke joined the Faculty as an Instructor in January, 2011. He teaches Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, is the Operations Director of the Outdoor Research Facility and is a thesis advisor for several students each year.  reinecke@bu.edu

BethardInstructor, Jonathan Bethard, Ph.D.

Jonathan Bethard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He is a biological anthropologist with research foci in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Dr. Bethard was trained at the University of Tennessee where he received in Ph.D. in 2013. His research interests in include refining methods used for constructing the biological profile in forensic contexts, Andean and Transylvanian bioarchaeology, stable isotope analysis, and geometric morphometrics. He is a member of DMORT-Region IV and has consulted as an instructor for numerous courses in forensic anthropology with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) in Bogotá, Colombia and Algiers, Algeria. jbethard@bu.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Murray Marks, Ph.D., D-ABFA, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee Medical Center

Dr. Marks is an Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and an Adjunct Associate Professor in our Forensic Anthropology program. He is a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist and is the current Vice-President of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Dr. Marks will be teaching classes in skeletal biology, forensic anthropology and developing and supervising student research projects. His research interests include skeletal and dental biology and histology, bone trauma, soft tissue decomposition and bioarchaeology.

Ian Dadour, Ph.D.

Dr. Dadour is a leading Forensic Entomologist. He is an expert witness in the science of entomology and has appeared in courts in Western Australia, Northern territory, Queensland and New South Wales. Dr. Dadour has taught several forensic entomology workshops for law enforcement agencies in Australia and the USA which include the investigation of decomposition of bodies buried and on the surface. Over the last 13 years, Dr. Dadour Ian has taught at the Human Remains Recovery School at the University of Tennessee Anthropological Center for the FBI Evidence Response Teams.

Affiliated Faculty

Chief, William J. Powers, JD (ret. Massachusetts State Police)

Det. Lt. Powers retired from the Massachusetts State Police in September 2007 after thirty-three years of service. During his tenure, he commanded the Detective Units in both the Suffolk and Middlesex County District Attorney’s offices, was the Director of Training for the Division of Investigative Services and later served as Commandant of the Training Academy. His final assignment was as director of the Department’s Media Relations Unit. Bill is an attorney and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is currently the Chief of Police at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Peter Cummings, M.Sc., MD

Dr. Peter Cummings is a Forensic Pathologist and Staff Medical Examiner at Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He is Board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology and is the Director of the Neuropathology Service at the OCME. Dr. Cummings has taught at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and at the University of Maine. Dr. Cummings was a NASA astronaut candidate finalist for 2009 and maintains an active research position investigating the effects of cosmic radiation on astrocyte activation and response of retinal glial cells to space flight. In addition, he also conducts research investigating the forensic implications of pediatric head trauma. Dr. Cummings was a member of the identification teams for the World Trade Center and the SwissAir crash.


Patty Jones, Executive Financial Coordinator

Patricia Jones (Patty) is the Executive Financial Coordinator for the Professional Masters Programs in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. She came to BUSM in December of 1999. For eight and a half years, she worked in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. While working in the Division office, Patty had many different roles. As assistant for the Associate Dean, she coordinated the Mini-Med School and assisted the Registrar. In September 2008, Patty joined the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology working for their Masters Programs in Biomedical Forensics, Healthcare Emergency Management, Bioimaging and Forensic Anthropology. psterlin@bu.edu

Lee Farris, Forensic Anthropology Gift Administrator

Lee Farris has worked for the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology in the Anatomical Gift Program since 2006. Along with her current responsibilities as the Assistant Anatomical Gift Coordinator, she has taken on the role of the Forensic Anthropology Gift Administrator and is available for contact with any questions regarding the Boston University Donated Osteological Collection and its donation process. Lee has a BA in Classical Studies and Archaeology from Tufts University and an AS in Mortuary Science from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College. She is a Massachusetts licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and has worked in both private funeral homes and Boston Children’s Hospital as a Pathology Assistant and Morgue Manager. leeanne@bu.edu