ROBERT CLARKE, PhD, DSc
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

This year, The Hormel Institute is marking 80 years of innovative research and progress. The Hormel Institute is an independent biomedical research department within the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

The mission of The Hormel Institute is to conduct research and provide education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture. While our scientists study primarily cancer, there is also research into many other diseases happening at The Hormel Institute, including Alzheimer’s, Cockayne Syndrome, and Covid-19.

After two major expansions in 11 years, The Hormel Institute is home to world class scientists, cutting-edge technology, and state-of-the-art research facilities. With a renewed focus on Community Outreach and Education, we are also working to secure our place as a pillar of the local community, the broader biomedical research community, and beyond.

Strengthened by leadership and support from the University of Minnesota, The Hormel Foundation, our generous community and supporters, our local, state, and national representatives, and institutional partners like Mayo Clinic, we are fully committed to continuing our quest to inspire discoveries that improve and extend human life.

I am proud to be leading The Hormel Institute and dedicated to its progress, so the next 80 years continue to advance research discoveries so future generations experience greater health and longer life.

Robert Clarke, PhD, DSc
Executive Director