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Benjamin Hackel, Ph.D.

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at University of Minnesota


Ben Hackel is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He has degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.S. 2003) and MIT (Ph.D. 2009). Following undergraduate research with Eric Shusta on blood-brain barrier targeting agents, he worked with Dane Wittrup on engineering fibronectin domains as antibody mimics. Prof. Hackel was a postdoctoral fellow in Radiology at Stanford University with Sam Gambhir where he developed molecular probes for cancer detection and characterization via positron emission tomography. Since 2011 at the University of Minnesota, the Hackel lab develops evolutionary technologies and insight to engineer synthetic protein ligands for in vivo targeting and molecular imaging with applications in oncology, infectious disease, and neuroscience.

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