University of Minnesota Hormel Institute, Austin, MN, USA
Dr. Zigang Dong is the Executive Director, Hormel/Knowlton Professor, and I. J. Holton Professor of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. In 2006, he received the UMN McKnight Presidential Professorship in Cancer Prevention, one of the highest honors bestowed by the University. He is one of a very few professors holding 3 endowed professorships simultaneously at UMN. Dr. Dong is a world leader in cancer prevention and molecular carcinogenesis.
Dr. Dong received his medical training at Henan Medical University from 1978-1983, and obtained his Master of Science degree in 1986. In 1991, he acquired his Doctor of Public Health degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. In 1995, he was hired as an Assistant Professor at The Hormel Institute. He was appointed as Executive Director and Hormel Knowlton Professor in 2001.
Under his leadership, research funding granted to The Hormel Institute has increased 5 times in the last ten years. To recognize his achievement, a $30 million expansion of The Hormel Institute was completed in 2008 to house the research teams of Dr. Dong and 14 other research groups. In 2015, The Hormel Foundation and the State of Minnesota awarded another $60 million to assist him in building a world-renowned first class research facility focusing on cancer research. Under Dr. Dong’s direction, The Hormel Institute has become one of best international cancer research institute. In 2018, The Hormel Institute was ranked number 9 among the “50 Best Graduate Institute” by Grad Scool Hub.