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Hood is Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer of Providence St. Joseph Health and Cofounder, Professor and Chief Strategic Officer of the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), Seattle. Hood pioneered the development of 6 instruments including the automated DNA sequencer, played a significant role in the Human Genome Project and Cofounded ISB, the first systems biology institute, and played a leading role in applying systems thinking to biology, disease and wellness. He is in all three National Academies: Science, Engineering and Medicine. He has founded or cofounded 16 different biotech companies including Amgen and Applied Biosystems. He received the Lasker Prize for studies of immune diversity and the Kyoto Prize for automated instrumentation.
He has an M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School and a Ph.D. from Caltech. He was a professor at Caltech for 22 years, at the University of Washington for 8 years and at ISB for almost 20 years.
Hood is an alumnus of the 1956 Science Talent Search.