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A Culture of Collaboration:

Keeping BC on the Forefront of Science

In his Higgins Hall laboratory, Professor Thomas Chiles conducts experiments with undergraduate and graduate research assistants as part of his ongoing research into cancer detection and treatment.

From creating nanomaterials that could harvest solar energy to discovering new medicine delivery mechanisms—the future is taking shape at Boston College.

Innovations like these are generated not only by BC’s award-winning science faculty, but also by those who invest in discovery, says Vice Provost for Research Thomas Chiles.

“As we’ve developed the interdisciplinary collaborations that are the foundation for 21st century scientific inquiry, the resources provided by donors have been crucial,” says Chiles.

As the recipient of the Dr. Michael E. ’86 and Dr. Salvatore A. DeLuca ’54 Endowed Professorship, Chiles knows firsthand the value of such gifts. The professorship was established by BC parents Lucy and Salvatore DeLuca using a charitable remainder trust. In doing so, the DeLucas honored the memory of their son Michael, whose sudden death at the age of 27 cut short a promising medical career.

“It’s a special honor to be the DeLuca Professor, because the family has played a major role in advancing the biological sciences at BC,” says Chiles.

A Team Effort

In his own research into lymphocyte metabolism and cancer biology, Chiles works closely with colleagues in chemistry and physics on projects that may lead to new diagnostic tools for earlier detection and treatment of cancer.

Such interdisciplinary investigations are a hallmark of the sciences at the Heights, Chiles explains, leveraging the strengths of individual departments and generating unique ideas and solutions where those fields intersect.

“I’m proud to see BC leading the way in solving major questions on the way diseases are diagnosed and treated and how drugs are developed.”
—Timothy Cronin ’60, P’87, ’89

For example, Amir Hoveyda, the Joseph T. and Patricia Vanderslice Millennium Chair in Chemistry, regularly collaborates with faculty and students within BC and at institutions around the world. Under his leadership, they hope to develop new chemical catalysts that could lead to life-saving advances in medicine delivery and other areas.

“I have long been impressed with Professor Amir Hoveyda’s group and others in chemistry,” says Timothy Cronin ’60, P’87, ’89, a former Pfizer executive and researcher. “I’m proud to see BC leading the way in solving major questions on the way diseases are diagnosed and treated and how drugs are developed.”

Inspired by Hoveyda’s work and by the University’s commitment to integrated sciences, Cronin and his wife, Pamela, recently added a bequest to the department as part of their estate plans.

“Pamela and I have always enjoyed supporting the teaching and research happening at BC, and it’s exhilarating to know that our support will continue well into the future.”

To learn how your legacy gift can benefit the sciences at BC, contact Carmen Tordiglione at or by phone at 617-552-3409.

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