Part of the university's $4.5 billion Rising to the Challenge campaign, the largest portion of the gift will support research and faculty recruitment and construction of an electron cryomicroscopy facility that enables researchers to study biological structures at the molecule level, with the balance going to endow the new Huntington Sheldon, M.D., Professorship in Medical Discovery.
Sheldon, who completed his medical education and residency at Johns Hopkins, taught pathology at McGill University for twenty-five years. A longtime trustee of the university, Sheldon is considered a pioneer in the use of electron microscopy — a precursor to today’s electron cryomicroscope — at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and shared his knowledge at Johns Hopkins. He also is a longtime donor to the university, having made significant gifts in support of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Peabody Institute, and other Hopkins entities.
"Basic biomedical research at Johns Hopkins is second to none, and we are immensely grateful to Dr. Sheldon for helping us go even further," says IBBS director Stephen Desiderio, M.D., Ph.D. "Philanthropic gifts like his are essential for funding the kind of high-risk, high-reward research that leads to innovation and discovery but rarely gets supported by federal granting agencies."