Genetics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Colloquium
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UC San Diego, Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, Fung Auditorium
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“The Story of Lee Hood” Book Tour – Lecture and Lunch with Luke Timmerman

March 3, 2017, from 11 am – 1 pm

MET 145 and BRF2 1102, UC San Diego

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The San Diego Center for Systems Biology is happy to host Luke Timmerman, author of “The Story of Lee Hood, Pioneer of Automated DNA Sequencing and Systems Biology”.

Lee Hood is best known for leading the team at Caltech in the 1980s that developed the first automated DNA sequencing instrument. It was the tool that paved the way for emerging fields of genomics, bioinformatics, and systems biology. In his new book, “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age,” Luke Timmerman delves into Hood’s battles with university administrators, colleagues, and big companies that didn’t always share his high-tech vision for biology.


About the Author
Luke Timmerman is a journalist, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Timmerman Report, a biotech newsletter, and the author of “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age,” a biography of automated DNA sequencing pioneer Leroy Hood. Timmerman is a contributing writer for Forbes and the co-host of the Signal podcast for STAT. He has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and in the 2005-2006 academic year, he was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. In 2015, Scientific American named him one of the 100 most influential people in biotech.



  • 11 am – 12 pm: Luke Timmerman – Lecture with Q&A on “The Story of Lee Hood” in SOM Medical Education & Telemedicine (MET) building, room 145
  • 12 pm – 1 pm: Roundtable discussion with Luke Timmerman on careers in scientific writing (lunch provided) in SOM Biomedical Research Facilities 2 (BRF2), room 1102


No Show Policy
While we do not charge a fee to attend this event, these and our other events would be unsustainable unless those unable to attend cancelled their reservations no later than 2 days before the event. A no-show can limit your ability to book our events in the future. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Parking at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine is available to all faculty, staff, and visitors. The closest parking lots are P602, P603, and the Gilman Parking structure. A map of BRF2 and the parking lots and can be seen here. Hourly rates are posted at meters; cards are accepted. If using the UC San Diego Shuttle, exit at Gilman and Meyers and walk south towards School of Medicine