In the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine, Elizabeth (Liz) Fedie joined The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota in May as the new Chief of Staff. Fedie came to The Hormel Institute from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota on the Twin Cities campus, bringing broad grant administration and cancer research management experience. 

Fedie’s role at The Hormel Institute is to supervise administrative and operational activities at The Hormel Institute, under the direction of Dr. Bode and incoming Executive Director, Dr. Robert “Bob” Clarke who was hired last month and begins August 31. Fedie’s position as Chief of Staff at The Hormel Institute is new, with similar responsibilities previously under the supervision of Dr. Bode who has been at the Institute since 1999, serving as Assistant or Associate Director since 2001. 

Fedie is originally from Nebraska and attended University of Minnesota, earning a bachelor’s degree in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. After beginning her career in Dr. Lee Wattenberg’s lab, the world- renowned “Father of Chemoprevention,” Fedie discovered a passion for research administration and earned a master’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration. 

Fedie held administrative leadership positions with the Center for Genome Engineering and the Brain Tumor Program and most recently, at the Masonic Cancer Center as the Research Development Manager.