Leroy Hood on Meeting Jim Watson
  Leroy Hood     Biography    
Recorded: 29 May 2003

I probably met—I did meet Jim [Watson] much earlier than the 1986 meeting. I think that the first meeting I went to was in 1967 at Cold Spring Harbor. And at that time we were in the studying of antibody diversity which was a really hot mix and very exciting topic. So I got to know Jim and some others here at Cold Spring Harbor back in those days.

Leroy Hood, a leading scientist in molecular biotechnology and genomics, received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School (1964) and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Caltech (1968). In 1992, after more than 20 years as a faculty member at Caltech, where he and his colleagues revolutionized genomics by developing automated DNA sequencing, he relocated to the University of Washington to establish the cross-disciplinary Department of Molecular Biotechnology.

Dr. Hood is currently President of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle where he leads efforts to pioneer systems approaches to biology and medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received the Lasker Award for his studies on the mechanism of immune diversity.

Sharing an interest in the study of antibody diversity, Hood and Watson met in 1967 when Hood attended his first meeting at CSHL. Leroy has been working on the genome since the late 70’s. He went to the first official genome meeting in Santa Cruz in 1985 and has attended all of the subsequent meetings which have been held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.