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The Story of Lee Hood, Pioneer of Automated DNA Sequencing

Tuesday, January 10, noon to 1:00 pm
Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay

Lee Hood is best known for leading the team at Caltech that developed the first automated DNA sequencing instrument, and for co-founding Applied Biosystems, the company that developed the machines which made the Human Genome Project possible. In a new book, journalist Luke Timmerman draws on rich documentary records and interviews that detail that achievement in entrepreneurship. “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age” digs into Hood’s battles with university administrators, colleagues, and big companies that didn’t share his high-tech vision for biology. Join us to hear Timmerman talk about Hood’s journey as a scientific entrepreneur. UCSF’s Atul Butte said it best: “I couldn’t put this book down.”


Luke Timmerman

Luke Timmerman is a journalist, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Timmerman Report, a biotech newsletter, and a contributing writer for Forbes. Luke is also the author of “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age,” a biography of automated DNA sequencing pioneer Leroy Hood. Luke has won a number of prizes for his reporting, including the Scripps Howard National Journalism award, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ award, and the Association of Health Care Journalists award. He is a regular commentator on KUOW, Seattle’s public radio station; the co-host of the Signal podcast for STAT; and is a frequent speaker and moderator at biotech industry events. Luke has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. In 2015, Scientific American named him one of the 100 most influential people in biotech.