We are a biomedical research center with scientists and collaborators working together to accelerate discoveries leading to improved health.  Our research contributes to the development of new prevention and treatment therapies for cancer and other chronic diseases. 

Started in 1942 by Jay C. Hormel, The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is comprised of a group of highly successful medical scientists who are focused on determining the basic molecular mechanisms of cancer development to create new anti-cancer agents. The Hormel Institute is an emerging leader in cancer research and has work published consistently in the world’s leading scientific journals. Researchers are focused on finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer to extend lives.

Hormel Institute

In 2014, The Hormel Institute started a major expansion to double in size, adding 20 state-of-the-art laboratories and better space for its International Center of Research Technology.  The project – which launched just six years after the Institute’s 2006-2008 major expansion that tripled lab space – is expected to be completed in early 2016 along with a new Live Learning Center. Innovative, global-communications technology will be featured in the Live Learning Center’s a 250-seat auditorium that will facilitate international medical research presentations and collaborations. Overall, The Hormel Institute’s new expansion is expected to add about 130 faculty and staff jobs in the coming years, growing the Institute to 250 employees overall.

We are a biomedical research center with scientists and collaborators working together to accelerate discoveries leading to improved health.

Our research contributes to the development of new prevention and treatment therapies for cancer and other chronic diseases.

Who We Are

The Hormel Institute is a world-recognized leader in the scientific field showing that dietary factors prevent and control cancer development. We are accelerating cancer research discoveries to achieve our mission: Improve your health and well-being.

Our Partners

The Hormel Institute enjoys partnerships that enhance its cutting edge research. By combining resources and strengths with giants like Mayo Clinic, IBM and M.D. Anderson, our accelerated research is leading to the prevention and control of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Cancer Research - The Hormel Institute

Scientific Advisory Board

Zigang Dong - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Zigang Dong
The Hormel Institute
McKnight Presidential Professor in Cancer Prevention
Robert Huber - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Robert Huber
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (Germany)
1988 Nobel Prize, Chemistry
National Academy of Sciences
Peter Vogt - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Peter Vogt
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
National Academy of Sciences
Carlo Croce - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Carlo Croce
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
National Academy
of Sciences
Webster Cavenee - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Webster Cavenee
Ludwig Institute
for Cancer Research
San Diego, CA
National Academy of Sciences
Scott Lippman W - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Scott Lippman
University of California,
San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Association of American Physicians
Christina Hoven - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Christina Hoven
Columbia University
New York, NY
D.E. Rogers
Medal in Health Policy
Waun Hong - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Waun Ki Hong
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Institute of Medicine of
the National Academies
Hong Yang Wang - The Hormel Institute Scientific Advisory Board
Hong Yang Wang, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Institute/Hospital, Shanghai; Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

In the Community

Tours of The Hormel Institute are available if pre-arranged.
Contact the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau at visitor@austinmn.com or call 507.437.4563