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Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member. The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with investment income used to support the work of the honored professor.

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Hope College
Office of College Advancement
141 East 12th Street
DeWitt Center
Holland, MI 49423

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Maria Burnatowska-Hledin Appointed to the Frederich Garrett and Helen Floor Dekker Endowed Professorship

Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin of the Hope College biology and chemistry faculty holds the Frederich Garrett and Helen Floor Dekker Endowed Professorship.

The professorship was established through the estate of Dr. Fred H. Decker and Marie V. Buranek Decker to provide financial support for a faculty member who has an established record of excellence in biophysics, biomedicine or biology. Dr. Decker was a 1921 Hope graduate.

The chair was established in the 1980s. Its first recipients were biologist Dr. Harvey Blankespoor, who held the chair from 1988 until retiring in 2002; and chemist Dr. Michael Silver, who held it from 2002 until retiring at the end of the 2008-09 school year.

Burnatowska-Hledin has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1992. Her research concerns the protein VACM-1/cul 5, seeking to understand the role that it may play in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells as well as cancer-induced angiogenesis (growth of blood capillaries).

She has received a variety of grants in support of her work, including a multi-year, $503,303 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1994, and awards from the American Heart Association, and most recently she received a grant from the National Cancer Institute, titled "VACM-1, a cul 5 gene regulates cell growth and angionesis." In 1999, she received one of only six "Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards" presented nationwide to professors in the chemical sciences by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation in recognition of her teaching, mentorship, and accomplishments in research and teaching. She has authored more than 40 publications, in scientific journals including the "American Journal of Physiology," "Microvascular Research," "Toxicology" and the "Journal of Clinical Investigation."

Burnatowska-Hledin has mentored more than 80 students in research during her time at Hope. A number of the students who have worked with her have earned co-author credits on published articles related to their research, and the students in her research group regularly make presentations at national and regional professional society meetings.

In March 2009 she received the "Dean's Science Division Faculty Research Award" from the college.

Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member. The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with investment income used to support the work of the honored professor. In addition to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed chairs provide funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support.

Learn more about establishing an endowed professorship