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Michael and Ann Hankin and Partners of Brown Advisory Professor in Scientific Innovation

School of Medicine

Established in 2013 by Michael and Ann Hankin and the Partners of Brown Advisory, Inc.

HankinMichaelAnnMICHAEL and ANN HANKIN met at Emory University and went on to share the same educational background, graduating from Emory in 1979 with both a BA and an MA along with Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude honors. They also graduated together from the University of Virginia School of Law with JDs in 1982.

Mike is president and chief executive officer of Brown Advisory, a position he has held since the firm became independent from Bankers Trust/Alex. Brown & Sons in 1998. Brown Advisory is a leading independent investment firm that offers a wide range of solutions to institutions, corporations, nonprofits, families, and individuals. The firm’s mission is to make a material and positive difference in the lives of clients by providing them first-rate investment performance, customized strategic advice, and the highest level of personalized service. Today, Brown Advisory has 340 employees and oversees more than $42 billion in assets for clients in all 50 states and 20 countries around the world.

Mike’s contributions to the community include serving as trustee and vice-chairman of Johns Hopkins Medicine and trustee of The Johns Hopkins University, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and the Baltimore Community Foundation. In addition, his deep concern about the environment has been expressed through his roles as president of the Land Preservation Trust, trustee of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, and chairman of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc., the lead organization in the effort to make Baltimore’s harbor “swimmable and fishable” by the year 2020.

Ann worked as an attorney at Piper & Marbury from 1982 to 1990 and then at U.S.F.& G. until 1992. Since then, Ann has been a devoted mother to her three children and dedicated partner to Mike while playing important leadership roles in the community. She was a leading force at The Bryn Mawr School, serving as chair of the largest capital campaign for a girls’ school in Baltimore, and then chair of the board for three years. Initially she declined serving as chair because she believed the role should be filled by an alumna, an issue that disappeared when the school then gave her an honorary degree. She has also served as a trustee of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Paul’s Place.

Apart from her family, Ann’s true love is music; she has sung as part of a choral group since her first year in college and today is an active member of the Canticle Singers, a women’s chorale.

Held by James Berger

Dr. JAMES BERGER is an internationally renowned scientist who has made profound contributions to our understanding of proteins that control fundamental DNA transactions – replication, recombination and topological transitions. His work informs, at a fundamental level, our understanding of cell division and cell survival. In the course of his studies he has elucidated the mechanisms of action of major classes of anti-cancer and antibiotic compounds. He is the author of over 130 publications in the most prestigious journals in molecular and structural biology, including Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, PNAS, Nucleic Acids Research and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Dr. Berger was recruited to Johns Hopkins in 2013 at the rank of Professor after an outstanding career at the University of California at Berkeley, where he had joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as an Assistant Professor in 1998. There he rose quickly through the ranks, becoming Professor in 2005.

Dr. Berger was an exemplary teacher at Berkeley, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from general Biochemistry to Physical Biochemistry. Here at Johns Hopkins he has continued his commitment to teaching by directing the Medical School course dealing with molecules, kinetics and thermodynamics. Moreover, he has developed an interactive resource on structure determination module which is used by all Biophysics graduate students. The movies from his website and the insights provided by his published work are widely disseminated in Molecular Biology courses nationwide.

Dr. Berger is an outstanding citizen and has taken on a large number of responsibilities in his department, in the School of Medicine and at the University. He co-directs the Cancer Chemical and Structural Biology Program at the School of Medicine and is a member of the Medical School Research Council.

In addition to his many publications, James has given numerous named lectures, is the current academic editor of PLoS, an editorial board member for the prestigious journal Structure, and a section editor for the Faculty of 1000. In 2012 he became editor of the Journal of Molecular Biology, one of the most important publications in the field of structural molecular biology.

Dr. Berger has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Sciences (2013). He is the recipient of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Schering Plough Research Institute Scientific Achievement Award (2006), the American Chemical Society Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry (2006), and the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology (2011).