Braverman, S. J., Rev. John

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Saint Joseph's University
Philadelphia, PA

Rev. John Mark Braverman, S.J., is a Jesuit of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. John grew up in Independence, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. John attended Saint Ignatius High School, a Jesuit school. He then majored in biology at Princeton University. John volunteered for one year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Fresno, California. He proceeded to obtain his doctorate in Population Biology at the University of California in Davis, California, in 1995. John’s research is in evolutionary biology, which John then pursued, supported by two consecutive postdoctoral fellowships, including one in Barcelona, Spain.

John entered the Society of Jesus in 1998. He studied philosophy and theology for three years at Loyola University Chicago, earning a graduate degree in health care ethics. John then moved to Georgetown University, where he taught, did research, and advised students for three years.

John resumed his theology studies in 2006 and completed a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 2009. He later completed the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (the S.T.L.). These studies took him through Jesuit communities in Berkeley, Oakland, and Santa Clara, California. He became an active participant in the seminars and programs of the Berkeley-located Center for Theology and Natural Science during this time.

In 2010, John began his current position, Assistant Professor, in the Department of biology at Saint Joseph’s University, a Jesuit school in Philadelphia, PA. He teaches genetics, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, and a course entitled, “God and Evolution.” John serves on a number of committees and continues his research on the fruit fly and in the modeling of evolutionary change in DNA sequences. John’s hobbies include wildlife photography.