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MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
PhD, Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology
NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE VIDEO PROFILE:
To watch the White House medal ceremony, visit this link.
IN THE NEWS, Feb. 4, 2013: KING 5 Morning News segment
IN THE NEWS, Feb. 1, 2013: Dr. Lee Hood receives his National Medal of Science from President Obama at White House ceremony.
Dr. Lee Hood poses with President Obama after receiving the
National Medal of Science on Feb. 1, 2013, at the White House.
(Photo by Ryan K Morris/National Science & Technology Medals
Foundation. Click here to download high-res image.)
IN THE NEWS: Dec. 27, 2012: Lee Hood and members of his lab
raise a Starbucks toast to celebrate the National Medal of Science.
Dr. Leroy Hood is a pioneer in the systems approach to biology and medicine. His research has focused on the study of molecular immunology, biotechnology and genomics. Dr. Hood’s professional career began at Caltech, where he and his colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer and the protein synthesizer and sequencer–– four instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping of the human genome. A pillar in the biotechnology field, Dr. Hood has played a role in founding more than fourteen biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Darwin, The Accelerator and Integrated Diagnostics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Of the 6,000+ scientists worldwide who belong to one or more of these academies, Dr. Hood is one of only fifteen people accepted to all three. He is also a member of the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work has been widely published, and he has coauthored numerous textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics, as well as a popular book on the human genome project, The Code of Codes. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lasker Award for Studies of Immune Diversity, the Kyoto Prize in advanced technology, the Heinz Award for pioneering work in Systems Biology, and the National Academy of Engineering 2011 Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ Prize for automating DNA sequencing that revolutionized biomedicine and forensic science. He received the 2011 National Medal of Science, the highest honor the President of the United States can award a citizen. In addition to having received 17 honorary degrees from prestigious universities in the US and abroad, Dr. Hood has published more than 700 peer reviewed articles and currently holds 36 patents.
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Lee Hood's TEDxRainier talk on P4 medicine. If you have trouble with this embedded video player, you can watch the video on YouTube.
Blog posts and videos related to Lee Hood here.
Read Lee Hood's essay "The Imperative of Systems Biology." download
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Lee Hood and the DNA sequencer at Caltech download
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Lee giving his TEDxRainier talk download [53.4MB]