An Amazing Visionary

Remembering former dean and gene therapy
pioneer Kenneth I. Berns, MD, PhD

By: Cody Hawley, PhD, Styliana Resvanis
“Ken Berns had a profound impact on generations of basic and clinician scientists. He was insightful, kind, and deeply committed to high-quality science that has changed the future of medicine.”
Barry Byrne, MD, PhD
UF Genetics Institute, Powell Gene Therapy Center, and Proton Therapy Institute Dr. Berns was intimately involved in establishing the UF Genetics Institute in Gainesville (left) and the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville (right). The Powell Gene Therapy Center (center, with current director Barry Byrne, MD, PhD) was established in Dr. Berns’ laboratory.
“I think his greatest strength was his ability to relate to people. Ken had the ability to bring out the best in people.”
Henry Baker, PhD

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