Pioneering Microbiologist Leroy Hood Comes to RIT

Co-inventor of the DNA sequencer discusses applications and risks of microbiology

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Leroy Hood, pioneering microbiologist, co-inventor of the DNA sequencer and founder of the Institute for Systems Biology will conduct a lecture on the applications and risks of microbiology, April 23 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Hood will discuss the impact of microbiology and genomics on everything from medicine to criminal justice and the possible negative impacts of the technology that need to be addressed as we continue to advance scientific applications in the field.

Hood was part of the research team at California Institute of Technology that developed the DNA sequencer and synthesizer and the protein sequencer and synthesizer both of which have been major tools in the advancement of microbiology, genomics and gene sequencing. For these efforts Hood was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007.

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WHO: Leroy Hood, pioneering microbiologist, addressing “Systems Biology and Systems Medicine”

WHAT: RIT Caroline Werner Gannett Project

WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23

WHERE: Gosnell Building, room 1250, RIT Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public