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 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

SiwekAssociate 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


Instructor, 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 staff at the BU School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in January, 2011. reinecke@bu.edu

Instructor, Jonathan Bethard, M.A.

BethardJonathan Bethard is an Instructor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He is a biological anthropologist with research foci in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Mr. Bethard received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from The University of Tennessee and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department at UT. His scholarly pursuits include refining methods used for constructing the biological profile in forensic contexts, Andean bioarchaeology, stable isotope analysis, geometric morphometrics, and developing international study abroad programs. He is a member of DMORT-Region IV and has worked as an instructor for numerous courses in forensic anthropology with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) in Bogotá, Colombia. jbethard@bu.edu

Assistant Professor, 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 an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of the Professional Studies in Applied Forensic Sciences and Criminal Investigations program at Boston University School of Medicine. wjpowers@bu.edu


Part-time Faculty

dprinceForensic Anthropologist, Debra A. Prince-Zinni, Ph.D., D-ABFA

Dr. Prince is an assistant professor in the department of anatomy and neurobiology. Dr. Prince is a member of The American Academy of Forensic Sciences: Physical Anthropology Section, the Society of Forensic Anthropologists, the International Association for Identification, and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Her research interests include age changes in the human skeleton, skeletal biology, bone trauma, soft tissue decomposition, bioarchaeology, paleodemography, and dental anthropology. daprince@bu.edu

Affiliated Faculty

MarksMurray 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.

Elizabeth Laposata, MD

Dr. Laposata is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Biomedical Forensic Sciences and Forensic Anthropology programs. She is a board certified Medical Examiner and teaches courses in Forensic Pathology and Medicolegal Death Investigation. laposata@bu.edu

Franklin Damann, Ph.D.

Franklin Damann is the curator of the AFIP National Museum of Health and Medicine Anatomical Division in Washington, DC. As curator, he has oversight of the Anatomical and Neuroanatomical collections at the museum. Mr. Damann holds a master’s degree in physical and forensic anthropology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in physical and forensic anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His dissertation research involves human decomposition ecology.

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