HNRMC has the experience and record of accomplishments to work with academic institutions to re-align their institutional strategies with regional and national priorities, develop metrics to measure performance and track progress, and identify innovative approaches to unlock the value of the research enterprise and its faculty. Using a combination of benchmarking, best practices and harvesting data for positive change,

  • HNRMC provides our clients with proven, extensive expertise in major areas required for success of an institution's activity- strategy/organizational/operational aspects, regulatory and compliance needs and management of data of all kinds across the data lifecycle. Our principals have decades of collective experience in all phases of successful operations of academic organizations.
  • HNRMC works to optimize the value of existing operations, guides the development of collaborations within and across institutions, promotes the creation of public-private partnership and fosters productive community engagement.
  • HNRMC offers unique experience in the development and implementation of human research policies and strategies to promote participant involvement, engagement and protection. Within a constantly changing regulatory climate, our firm works to support the alignment of institutional scientific priorities, ethical standards and reputational concerns with compliance mandates.
  • HNRMC focuses on strategies for the management of data across the data life cycle, including the development of policies and practices for data governance, data access, data sharing, workflows for data analysis, and data storage with the goal of creating high quality, reusable data and documentation for the public and scientific community within a financially sustainable environment. This includes the development of policies and practices across multiple public and private entities to protect proprietary data in ways that allow use in research without compromising confidentiality of the data.

brian herman


Dr. Herman has had a distinguished administrative career at the University of Texas (UT) Health in San Antonio and the University of Minnesota. He was Vice President for Research at UT Health (2004-2011), and at the University of Minnesota (2013-2016). He served as Chancellor's Health Fellow for Collaboration for the UT System (2011-2012), where he focused on strategic investments to support collaborative infrastructure, culture, training and administrative oversight across the 15 campuses of the UT System.

Dr. Herman has created complex partnerships between universities and corporations and between universities and government entities; undertaken significant work in economic development; and developed successful proven strategies for life science startup companies to raise capital and market themselves successfully. He has worked closely with philanthropic foundations to secure funding for strategic investments. He served on chambers of commerce in Texas and Minneapolis, and testified multiple times to the Texas and Minnesota legislature as well as the U.S. congress. He served on the board of the Texas Life Science Committee that awarded approximately half a billion dollars to new companies in Texas. He successfully launched and implemented a major new statewide program known as Minnesota Discovery and Research Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE), a major partnership between academia and industry that to date has resulted in close to two hundred IP disclosures that helped launch 13 startup companies; engaged more than three hundred external partners; and resulted in the creation of over five hundred new faculty, students, fellows and staff jobs.

Dr. Herman, a two-time NIH MERIT Award winner, has also had a long and successful research career at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC) and UT Health during which he discovered a mechanism that may underlie age related (senile) osteoporosis. He is now working with colleagues at the University of Minnesota on the pathology of Alzheimer's disease. He was granted a number of patents that were licensed to global imaging companies. He served as co-Director of both the Fluorescence Microscopy Center and the In Situ Hybridization/Probe Detection Facility at UNC. He is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

claudia neuhauser


Dr. Neuhauser has been appointed as Associate Vice Chancellor/Associate Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at the University of Houston in 2018. Prior to this appointment, she spent 16 years at the University of Minnesota in administrative roles, starting as Director of Graduate Studies of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (2002-2005) and department head of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (2003-2008). She served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) from 2008-2013, and as Director of Graduate Studies of the UMR-based Bioinformatics and Computational Biology graduate program from 2008-2017.

She returned to the Twin Cities campus in 2014 to build the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) to increase informatics capabilities as part of OVPR's strategic plan. In 2015, she also became the Director of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), which serves over 4,000 users at the University of Minnesota and external industry partners. The two institutes were organized under Research Computing in 2015. She was Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Research Computing between 2016 and 2018.

Dr. Neuhauser has built academic and research programs with partners in the health industry. Her current focus is on identifying strategic research opportunities and facilitating and accelerating research through partnerships.

She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in Mathematics at the University of Houston. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Neuhauser served on the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is currently serving on the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2011, Neuhauser was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2012, she became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Tracey Herman

Tracey Curran-Herman

Ms. Curran-Herman is a graphic and freelance artist and owner of Creative Graphics, Inc. Her professional experience encompasses work for educational institutions at all levels, and from small to international companies. Her work has appeared in highly reputable scientific publications and books. In addition to her work with Creative Graphics, she was the owner, publisher and editor of Mood Magazine and a co-founder and CEO of the Regional Artists Consortium in San Antonio, Texas, where she managed the operations of three geographically distinct galleries, selling artwork from the members of the Regional Artist Consortium.

Tracey Curran-Herman has also been very involved in the San Antonio non-profit community. She served as the Vice Chair of the City of San Antonio's Cultural Arts Board, as a board member of the San Antonio based Artists Foundation, ARTS SA, San Antonio Visual Artist, Council for Excellence in Women's Health, Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy Board, Northwest Vista College Art Advisory Committee, The Weisman Art Museum BASH Host Committee (Minneapolis) and the McNay Museum Gala Committee (San Antonio). She graduated from the United Way Masters Leadership Program and the Citizen's Police Academy in 2010.

Anujani Aluwihare


Ms. Aluwihare is a result-oriented financial leader with experience in financial management, accounting and auditing management, and strategic planning. She has successfully led key projects by collaborating with leaders to create business strategies, built and developed high performing teams, plan and execute project deliverables, and implement tools and processes to sustain needed change with internal controls and compliance always at the forefront.

She has conducted complex financial and operational audits, developed shared services models to lower cost while enhancing service and is highly capable in the areas of team/employee development, US GAAP and internal controls compliance, financial planning & analysis, strategic & capital planning, budgeting & forecasting, financial modeling, pricing and cost accounting and project & change management. She has over fifteen years of experience serving in lead financial management roles in the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota Systems.