Academic Advisors

Advisor for School of History

Daniel Scavone is Prof. of Ancient & Medieval History (Emeritus), U. of Southern Indiana (USI), Evansville (1970-2000). Since his Ph.D. from Loyola U. (Chicago), he has had post-doctoral NEH programs at the U.of Texas (Austin), the American Academy in Rome, Columbia U. (N.Y), and three Mellon Fellowships at Vanderbilt U. At USI he taught senior-graduate courses in the Ancient Near East, the Age of Augustus, and Primitive Christianity; upper level courses in Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation history. Over the years he has conducted research and lectured on Greek and Roman coins; Zosimus, historian of Rome's fall; Augustus; Cicero; King Arthur; the historical Count Dracula (book); the Turin Shroud (book); Columbus (book), and most recently, the Holy Grail. He was selected by peers as Distinguished Prof.(1994). The Daniel & Carolyn Scavone Annual Award for Medieval Studies was established in 2006.

Dr. Scavone is a personable and very knowledgeable about the historical aspects of Shroud research.

He may be contacted by email at:


Advisor for School of General Studies

Russ Breault has been a student of the Shroud since 1980 and as a lecturer has conducted hundreds of presentations at colleges, universities, high schools and churches from coast to coast.
He is the President of the Shroud of Turin Education Project, inc. and hosts several websites including and is the host and founder of this site, Shroud University. As an advisor to a paper or project requiring only general information, he is happy to assist any student needing help or advice.

He may be contacted via email:


Advisor for School of Medicine

Gilbert R. Lavoie, M.D. is board certified in both occupational medicine and internal medicine. He has authored many original studies on the shroud, and is considered one of the foremost experts on this cloth.

Lavoie studied medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He is the author of two books on the subject. He applies his medical expertise describing his personal experimental work trying to understand and reconstruct how the Shroud bloodstains came to be formed.

Dr. Lavoie can be contacted by email:


Advisor to the School of Botany

Paul Maloney, Research Archaeologist, did his training in dirt archaeology under the aegis of Dr. Louis S.B. Leakey in the Mohave desert. He has a Masters degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Anthropology, Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies.
Maloney was on the founding board of ASSIST (Association of Scientists and Scholars International for the Shroud of Turin) and became the General Projects Director in 1983 and maintains that position today. He was instrumental in bringing the entire Max Frei pollen collection to the USA in 1988. This collection of pollen removed from the Shroud has been instrumental in advancing the role of botany in Shroud research. Maloney has written and delivered numerous papers at Shroud conferences around the world dealing with the pollen and other vegetal material found on the cloth. Maloney was also a professor of Anthropology, Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies at Vennard College in Iowa and United Wesleyan College in Allentown, PA.

Paul Maloney is very personable and can be contacted by email:


Advisor for School of Religion

Father Stephen Fichter is parochial vicar at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church in Saddle River, New Jersey, and has been a student of the Shroud since 1986 when he entered the seminary.
Besides studying Philosophy and Theology in Rome for seven years before his ordination, he graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service in 2003 and will soon obtain his Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion from Rutgers University. Having had the privilege to personally view the Shroud in Turin during the exposition of 2000, Father Stephen has given numerous presentations on the Shroud to audiences of all ages. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian.

Father Stephen would be delighted to help you. He may be contacted at:




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