Our Mission

The mission of The Hormel Institute is to conduct research and provide education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture. In pursuit of this mission, and as intended by its founders, The Hormel Institute generates fundamental knowledge and disseminates it to the scientific community worldwide. It also serves as a center of technical and educational expertise for the benefit of the Austin community, the surrounding region and the State of Minnesota.

Executive Leadership

Dr. Robert Clarke, PhD, DSc
Executive Director
clarker@umn.edu
507-437-9600

Elizabeth Fedie, MPNA
Chief of Staff
efedie@umn.edu
507-437-9605

Shujun Liu, PhD
Assistant Director of Research
sliu@umn.edu
507-437-9613

Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, PhD
Assistant Director for Faculty Affairs
hilak001@umn.edu
507-433-9620

Gail Dennison, M.A., CFRE
Development/Public Relations
gaildenn@umn.edu
507-437-9604

Minda Anderson, M.A. HRM
Human Resources Manager
mrueb@umn.edu
507-437-9603

Tara Scott
Finance Manager
scot1106@umn.edu
507-437-9608