March 4, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 12

Welcome Additions

Asst. Prof. Gabor Marth (Biology)

Field of Interest: DNA sequence variation, genome data mining and informatics, population genetics, medical genetics
Teaching: Graduate Seminar in Quantitative and Computational Problems/Genomics; Undergraduate and Advanced Undergraduate Research in Biology; Tutorial in Biology; Advanced Independent Research in Biology
Marth's lab studies variations in the sequence of human DNA that reflect inherited mutations, that result in variations, as in height, and that in some cases cause disease. Marth, who holds a doctorate from Washington University, was a staff scientist in the Computational Biology Branch of the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, and did post-doctoral research at the Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Asst. Prof. Torsten Fiebig (Chemistry)

Field of Interest: biomolecular structure and function DNA
Fiebig, who earned his PhD from the University of Gottingen, describes the focus of his lab's work as "a fundamental understanding of molecular interaction between electronic pi-systems. These systems play a vital role in biology, in the base stack of DNA double helices. By applying ultra-short laser pulses we induce dynamics between chromophores which enable us to study molecular interaction on the time scale of the nuclear motion. Currently, we focus our investigations on biological systems like DNA and DNA-protein complexes as well as on conjugated organic materials."

Asst. Prof. Steven Bruner '95 (Chemistry)

PhD, Harvard University
Field of Interest: Natural drug synthesis
Bruner has been named a 2004 Damon Runyon Scholar by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which identifies and supports young scientists who are committed to discovering the causes and cures for cancer. The Runyon award brings $300,000 over three years to support his project, "Mechanism and Structure of Natural Product Biosynthesis Machinery." He also has won a New Faculty Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation that provides $40,000 to young chemistry professors at the outset of their careers in teaching and research.

Asst. Prof. Gregory Kalscheur, SJ (Law)

JD, University of Michigan, LL.M Columbia

Field of Interest: Law and religion, constitutional law, civil procedure, and Catholic social thought and the law
Teaching: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law II
The Georgetown grad made the Law Review at Michigan, and after law school clerked for Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, then worked as a litigator at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC. After entering the Society of Jesus in 1992, he taught political science and was assistant to the director of the Center for Values and Service at Loyola College. He was ordained a priest in 2001, and served as an associate pastor at St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh, NC. He currently is a research fellow in the Catholicism and Civic Renewal Project at the Woodstock Theological Center in Washington, DC.

"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College.

-Mark Sullivan

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