Genomics pioneer to visit Auckland

20 November 2013

Professor Leroy Hood, one of the world’s most influential scientists, is visiting Auckland in early December for a symposium and public lecture.

Professor Leroy Hood is a world-renowned scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and visionary. His discoveries have permanently changed the course of biology, and revolutionised the understanding of genetics, life and human health.

A pioneer in the systems approach to biology and medicine, Hood and his colleagues at Caltech created the technological foundation for the sciences of genomics (the study of genomes) and proteomics (holistic study of proteins in cells and tissues).

Their technologies, such as DNA sequencers have become an essential part of mapping the human genome. They have created the platform for genome and proteome research through systems biology and systems medicine.

The founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Professor Hood founded the P4 Medicine Institute for Predictive, Preventive, Personalised and Participatory medicine, harnessing masses of individual health data to identify individual treatments for diseases.

Professor Hood travels to Auckland to participate in the first symposium staged by the newly established Initiative for Complex Biological Systems (ICBS) which aims to foster interdisciplinary and inter-faculty research at the University of Auckland in the vital and growing research area of systems biology.

  • Professor Hood will present a public lecture at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Grafton Campus on 2 December at 5.30pm.

 

For more information contact:

Suzi Phillips , Media Relations Advisor Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences The University of Auckland Email s.phillips@auckland.ac.nz Phone +64 9 923 7383 or Mob 021416396

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Professor Leroy Hood