Systems Biology Approaches to Biology and Disease and the Emergence of Proactive P4 Medicine
featuring Dr. Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle
January 30, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, is a pioneer in systems approaches to biology and personalized medicine. Dr. Hood’s research has focused on the study of genomics, molecular immunology and biotechnology. His professional career began at Caltech, where he and his colleagues developed the DNA sequencer and synthesizer and the protein synthesizer and sequencer—four instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping of the human genome. The Academy of Engineering awarded the prestigious Russ Prize to Dr. Hood for this work. Dr. Hood has played a role in founding more than 14 companies including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Darwin, The Accelerator and Integrated Diagnostics.
A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Hood is one of only 10 people in the world to be elected to all three academies. He has published more than 700 peer-reviewed articles and coauthored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics. He authored The Code of Codes, a popular book on the human genome project. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Lasker Award, the Kyoto Prize and the Heinz Award in Technology. Dr. Hood has received 17 honorary degrees from prestigious universities in the U.S. and other countries.
The seminar is sponsored by the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative and the Biodesign Institute.