Leroy E. Hood, MD, PhD
President and Co-founder, Institute for Systems Biology; Full Member, University of Washington Molecular and Cellular Biology Program; Seattle, Washington; Professor at Large, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, Claremont, California
The outstanding contributions of Dr. Hood have had a resounding effect on the advancement of science since the 1960’s. He was involved in the development of five instruments critical for the scientific progress, namely, automated DNA sequencers, DNA synthesizers, protein sequencers, peptide synthesizers, and an ink jet printer for constructing DNA arrays. He also made many seminal discoveries in the fields of immunology and neurobiology and most recently has been a leader in the development of systems biology, its applications to cancer, and the linkage of systems biology to personalized medicine.
Throughout his career, Dr. Hood has adhered to the advice of his mentor, Dr. William J. Dreyer, “If you want to practice biology, do it on the leading edge and if you want to be on the leading edge, invent new tools for deciphering biological information.” In addition to his ground breaking research, Dr. Hood has received 36 patents, 17 honorary degrees and over 100 awards and honors. He is one of just 15 individuals elected to all three National Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.
2011 National Medal of Science2011 Fritz and Dolores Russ Prize, National Academy of Engineering2007 Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering2006 Heinz Award for Pioneering Work in Systems Biology2005 AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lecturer Award2003 Elected Member, Institute of Medicine2003 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation and Invention2002 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology2000 Elected Member, American Philosophical Society1993 Scientist of the Year, Research and Development Magazine1987 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award1982 Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC1982 Elected Fellow, National Academy of Arts and Sciences1968 PhD, California Institute of Technology1964 M., The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine