Over the past few weeks I spent a few days shooting at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, in Austin. Started in 1942 by Jay C. Hormel, The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, has a nearly eight-decade history of making significant scientific discoveries aimed at improving the health of the world. “Our scientists are focused on accelerating answers to cancer by determining the basic molecular mechanisms of cancer development and finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.” They currently have 130 cancer research scientists and 16 cancer research sections and plan to double that in the next few years. They are a collaborative research partners with Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, Columbia University, University of Arizona and more renowned centers worldwide.

As a commercial photographer who has numerous science and research clients, I really enjoy creating images that showcase what these places do and the people that make it all happen. I shot in 22 labs during my time here and it was tough deciding which highlights to post. But this is a good mix of what was captured.

And I couldn’t have done it without the help of photo assistants Greg Schaal, Ron Newkirk and Scott Bacon!