Co-Founder and Director, Institute for Systems Biology
Dr. Leroy Hood is recognized as one of the world’s leading scientists in molecular biotechnology and genomics, and was a major contributor to the Human Genome Project.
In 2000, he co-founded and became Director of the Institute for Systems Biology, a non-profit academic research foundation doing basic research in biology and biotechnology. Dr. Hood earned an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1968. Since then, his research has focused on the study of molecular immunology and biotechnology. His interests also include autoimmune diseases, cancer biology and mammalian development.
Dr. Hood has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers and co-authored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics. He also co-edited “Code of Codes,” a book discussing scientific, social and ethical issues raised by genetic research. Dr. Hood is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Association of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Hood has played a role in founding a number of biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Darwin (now Cell Tech), MacroGenics, Paracel, Phenogenomics, Prolinx, Rosetta Inpharmatics (merged with Merck), Systemix and T Cell Sciences. Dr. Hood is named as an inventor on 16 issued patents, and 38 pending patents.