OUR TEAM

Jose A. Bufill
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Joe is a medical oncologist with 30 years experience caring for cancer patients and educating medical professionals at the graduate and post-graduate levels. His research interest in clinical cancer genetics has led to influential publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. In 1990, he proposed the first genetic classification of colorectal cancers based on proximal or distal tumor location. He founded Progeny Genetics Software, a highly regarded patient care and research tool in clinical genetics. He has an interest in bioethics, and his opinion articles have appeared in national and international media outlets including USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Public Discourse and others. Recently, he taught seminars in bioethics at Strathmore University in Nairobi, and co-founded the Komera Rwanda Cancer Foundation to advance the care of cancer patients in Rwanda. Joe is founder and President of the Bur Oak Foundation.

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Santiago Schnell

Santiago served as the Chair of the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School, while holding the John A. Jacquez Collegiate Professorship of Physiology. Santiago is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the field of mathematical and computational biology. A native of Venezuela, he received his Licentiate in Biology from Universidad Simón Bolívar and a doctorate in Mathematical Biology from the University of Oxford. He held a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church, and was Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.  His academic experience at Oxford inspired the conviction that scientists are enriched by acquiring a broad humanistic formation, and that the university is the ideal setting for this endeavor. After spending 15 years at Michigan, Santiago began his tenure as Dean of the College of Sciences of the University of Notre Dame on September 1, 2021.

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Howard Bromberg

Howard is a clinical professor in the University of Michigan Law School, and a leading expert in transnational law. He has taught at the law schools of University of Chicago, Stanford, and Harvard, served as Assistant Dean at Ave Maria School of Law, and as visiting professor at China University School of Politics and Law.  He helped establish the First-Year Lawyering Program at Harvard Law School and pioneered the legal practice program at the Peking University School of Transnational Law. Howard holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard Law, and Stanford Law School. Before entering the academy, he practiced law as an assistant district attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the New York District Attorney's Office and as legislative counsel to U.S. Congressman Thomas Petri of Wisconsin.  With this experience, he helped organize the State of Michigan Moot Court Competition, and directed the event from 2005 to 2006. A prolific writer, Howard has co-authored four books on law, was editor of a three-volume encyclopedia of biography, and has published over a hundred articles on law, biography, and legal history. Howard teaches at the intersection of law, humanities, and social sciences, and hopes to contribute his experience integrating professional training and personal development to Bur Oak.

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Kristin M. Collier

Kristin is an academic internist in the School of Medicine. A lifelong Michigander, she began her academic career at the University of Michigan as an undergraduate biology major, graduated from the Michigan Medical School in 2001, and completed internal medicine residency and chief residency at U of M Medical Center. As a member of the medical school faculty, Kristin led undergraduate seminars on healthcare and religion. She has come to recognize that scholarship related to the spiritual dimension of human existence enriches the undergraduate experience and should be continued throughout a students’ time at university. As associate director of the internal medicine residency program, she engages young physicians from top-ranked medical schools, and is convinced that addressing questions of identity and meaning through active engagement with classical works of philosophy, history and literature is an essential means of personal and professional development. In response to the call to value diversity, equity and inclusion at Michigan, Kristin founded the Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion.

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Scott Lyons

Scott is Associate Professor of English specializing in Native American literature. His publications include X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent (2010), The World, the Text, and the Indian: Global Dimensions of Native American Literature (2017), and a diverse array of essays. Scott teaches courses on American literature more broadly, on the Catholic novel, and the mimetic theory of René Girard. His numerous academic honors include the Beatrice Medicine Award for distinguished scholarship in Native American studies; and Michigan's prestigious Henry Russel Award for extraordinary accomplishment in scholarly research and excellence in teaching. He was a regular columnist for Indian Country Today, where his work merited a Best Journalism Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Scott is the series editor of SUNY Press’s Native Traces book series and a founding member of the Indigenous Catholic Research Fellowship. Descending from not one but two Minnesota tribes – the Mississippi Ojibwe of Leech Lake and the Mdewakanton Dakota of Lower Sioux (as well as a few immigrant tribes) – his first schooling experience was in Leech Lake Reservation's Head Start program. His first academic position, many years later, was at Leech Lake Tribal College.