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, national and international Universities and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

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

Dr. Moore is the Program Director and an Associate Professor of anatomy and neurobiology. 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


Siwek WebsiteProgram Associate Director, Donald Siwek, Ph.D.

Dr. Siwek is an Assistant Professor of anatomy and neurobiology. He has taught Anatomical Sciences for more than 25 years and has developed and taught anatomy and osteology courses for the Biomedical Forensic Sciences, Forensic Anthropology, Bioimaging and Graduate Medical Sciences programs. His research interests include comparative anatomy and histology. siwek@bu.edu

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

Dr. Pokines is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He has 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

Gary ReineckeProgram 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

Forensic Anthropologist, Sean D. Tallman, Ph.D.

Tallman WebsiteDr. Tallman is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Anthropology. He is a biological anthropologist specializing in forensic anthropology, human skeletal biology, forensic archaeology, and anatomy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.A. from the State University of New York, Binghamton, and B.A. from the University of Washington. Dr. Tallman has held positions of Forensic Anthropologist, Osteologist, Archaeologist, Consultant, and Anthropology Instructor in various contexts. In particular, he served as a Forensic Anthropologist with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory, where he contributed to the identification of numerous U.S. service members killed during past conflicts, and led archaeological recovery missions in Germany, Hawaii, Laos, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam. Dr. Tallman is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University, where he teaches courses in human osteology, biological anthropology method and theory, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. Additionally, he is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Anthropology Section), and Forensic Anthropologist with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT IX). His research interests include sex and ancestry estimation in Asian populations, cranial nonmetric variability, population-specific biological profile methods, and issues of human identification. Dr. Tallman’s ongoing research examines cranial and postcranial nonmetric variability in East (Japan) and Southeast (Thai) Asian individuals. tallman@bu.edu

Forensic Pathologist, Peter Cummings, M.Sc., MD

Cummings WebsiteDr. Peter Cummings is a Board Certified Forensic Pathologist, Anatomic Pathologist and Neuropathologist and now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Dr. Cummings is currently the course director and instructor of anatomical sciences in the Physician Assistant Program and an instructor in the medical school anatomy course. He is also the course director and instructor for the Forensic Pathology course in the Forensic Anthropology program. Dr. Cummings was a NASA astronaut applicant in 2009 and 2015 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 including sports related concussions. Dr. Cummings is the author of two textbooks ‘Atlas of Forensic Histopathology’ and ‘Forensic Pathology: Pearls and Pitfalls of Infant and Child Death Investigation’, both published by Cambridge University Press. He was a member of the SwissAir Flight 111 forensic identification team in 1998.

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.

DadourIan Dadour, Ph.D.

Dr. Dadour is a leading Forensic Entomologist and was a Professor and Director of the Center for Forensic Science at the University of Western Australia for more than 10 years. He is an expert witness in entomology in courts in Western Australia, Northern territory, Queensland and New South Wales. Dr. Dadour has taught forensic entomology workshops for law enforcement agencies in Australia and the USA and for 13 years Dr. Dadour taught at the Human Remains Recovery School at the University of Tennessee Anthropological Center for the FBI Evidence Response Teams.

L'Italien WebsiteDet. Captain Paul J. L’Italien (ret. Massachusetts State Police)

Det. Captain L’Italien retired from the Massachusetts State Police in January 2016 after twenty-seven years of service. During his tenure, he worked in Field Services, the Plymouth County Detective Unit, Crime Scene Services Section, Internal Affairs, Standards and Training and for the final three years of his career with he was a Deputy Director of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory. Det. Captain L’Italien is the course director and instructor for our Outdoor Crime Scene Awareness course.


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