Hackel awarded 2016 IEM Faculty Career Development Award

Sept. 15, 2016 - Assistant Professor Benjamin Hackel has been awarded a 2016 Faculty Career Development Award from the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM). The award honors accomplished junior faculty and provides $30,000 in research support over three years. Hackel has created a nationally recognized research program focusing on the intersection of engineering, chemistry and medicine. He is currently working on new applications of high affinity targeting agents for personalized medicine to stratify cancer patients via molecular positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. Hackel is also examining cancer detection at early stages using ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging.

Hackel's collaborative efforts with IEM members include engineering ligands for growth factor receptor PET imaging (in collaboration with Doug Yee, Medicine); engineering a synthetic urinary reporter system for low-cost cancer detection (in collaboration with David Wood and Victor Barocas, Biomedical Engineering); and molecularly targeted 19F magnetic resonance imaging (with Will Pomerantz, Chemistry and Mike Garwood, Radiology).

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