A world-renowned scientist and recipient of the National Medal of Science in 2011, Dr. Leroy Hood co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in 2000 and served as its first President from 2000-2017. In 2016, ISB affiliated with Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) and Dr. Hood became PSJH’s Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer. He is also Chief Strategy Officer and Professor at ISB.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine. Of the more than 6,000 scientists worldwide who belong to one or more of these academies, Dr. Hood is one of only 20 people elected to all three.
He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his PhD in biochemistry from Caltech. Dr. Hood was a faculty member at Caltech from 1967-1992, serving for 10 years as the Chair of Biology. During this period, he and his colleagues developed four sequencer and synthesizer instruments that paved the way for the Human Genome Project’s successful mapping and understanding of the human genome. He and his students also deciphered many of the complex mechanisms of antibody diversification. In 1992, Dr. Hood founded and chaired the Department of Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Washington, the first academic department devoted to cross-disciplinary biology.
Dr. Hood is currently carrying out studies in Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, and wellness. He is pioneering a 1 million patient genome/phenome project for Providence St. Joseph Health and is bringing scientific (quantitative) wellness to the contemporary U.S. health care system.
Dr. Hood has played a role in founding 15 biotechnology companies including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Arivale, and Nanostring. He has co-authored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, genetics, and systems biology.
In addition to having received 18 honorary degrees from prestigious universities in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Hood has published more than 850 peer-reviewed articles and currently holds 36 patents.
Dr. Hood is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Lasker Award for Studies of Immune Diversity (1987), the Kyoto Prize in advanced technology (2002), the Heinz Award for pioneering work in Systems Biology (2006), the National Academy of Engineering Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ Prize for developing automated DNA sequencing (2011), and the National Academy of Science Award for Chemistry in Service to Society (2017).
2017 NAS Award for Chemistry in Service to Society
2016 The UCD Ulysses Medal
2015 The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Global Achievement Award
2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology
2014 Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science award presented by Research!America
2013 Alvin J. Thompson Award for Leadership in K-12 education and science (awarded by NW Association for Biomedical Research)
2013 Future in Review, CEO of the Year
2012 Elected as a Fellow to the American Association for Cancer Research
2011 National Medal of Science
2011 Fritz and Dolores Russ Prize, National Academy of Engineering
2007 Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering
2007 Elected Member, Inventors Hall of Fame for the automated DNA sequencer
2006 Heinz Award for pioneering work in systems biology
2005 AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lecturer Award
2003 Elected Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science
2003 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation and Invention
2002 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology
2000 Elected Member, American Philosophical Society
1993 Scientist of the Year, Research and Development Magazine
1987 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
1982 Elected Member, National Academy of Science
1982 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Chief Strategy Officer and Professor, Institute for Systems Biology
Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President, Providence St. Joseph Health
President, Co-founder and Professor, Institute for Systems Biology
Chairman and Founder of the Department of Molecular Biotechnology at University of Washington
Caltech Faculty Member — Chair of Biology for 10 years
Senior Investigator, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine