Leroy Hood, UW affiliate professor of genome sciences, immunology, and bioengineering, has joined an elite group of people who have been elected to all three National Academies, the societies recognizing the nation’s scientists, physicians, researchers, and engineers. Hood, president of Seattle’s Institute for Systems Biology, was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering last month. He had previously been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.
Hood is one of only seven people in the country currently elected to all three of the National Academies. The three societies have a combined membership of about 6,000 people. Members advise and counsel the nation on issues of science, medicine, and technology.
Three other faculty in the UW Department of Bioengineering, a joint venture of the College of Engineering and School of Medicine, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recent years: James Bassingthwaighte, professor of bioengineering, who was elected in 2000; Buddy Ratner, professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering, elected in 2002; and Allan Hoffman, professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering, elected in 2005.