Montana State University

Pioneer in systems approach to disease to lecture March 12

February 11, 2010 -- MSU News Service

Leroy Hood, president and cofounder of the Institute for Systems Biology, will speak March 12 at MSU's Museum of the Rockies.    High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about the systems approach to biology and disease will be given on Friday, March 12, at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies.

Leroy Hood, president and cofounder of the Institute for Systems Biology, will speak on "Systems Medicine and Transforming Technologies: Cataloging the Revolution of Medicine from a Reactive to a Proactive Mode" at 4 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Hood is a pioneer in the systems approach to disease, where emerging technologies and powerful new computational and mathematical tools are expected to move medicine from its reactive mode to a predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory mode over the next 5 to 20 years.

Hood developed a DNA sequencer that has revolutionized genomics by allowing the rapid automated sequencing of DNA. He played a crucial role in contributing to the successful mapping of the human genome during the 1990s and early 2000s. Instruments developed by Hood constitute the technological foundation for modern molecular biology and genomics. He has applied these technologies to diverse fields including immunology, neurobiology, cancer biology, molecular evolution and systems medicine.

Hood has received 17 honorary degrees from institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Yale, UCLA and Whitman College. He has published more than 650 peer-reviewed papers, received 15 patents, co-authored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics, and is just finishing a textbook on systems biology. In addition, he coauthored a popular book on the human genome project titled, The Code of Codes.

Hood's lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features four seminars annually, with talks provided by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers.

For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, visit

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or