Dr. Iris V. Hood is a Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine working in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. Hood received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Oregon and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley where she specialized in Biochemistry and Structural Biology.

Structural Biology is the study of life and biological phenomena at the molecular and atomic level. The goals of structural biology include developing a comprehensive understanding of the molecular shapes and forms embraced by biological macromolecules and extending this knowledge to understand how different molecular architectures are used to perform the chemical reactions that are central to life.

Dr. Hood grew up without electricity “off the grid” in Oregon until age 14. Around this time her father, an air force engineer and science enthusiast, finished building a fully functioning solar system to provide minimal power the house.

Hood grew up by candle light for most of her early years and had the chores of filling up all of the kerosene lanterns, chopping firewood, doing laundry by hand, watering her parent’s fruit and vegetable garden and caring for a flock of chickens.

Dr. Hood was inspired to pursue a biomedical research career after personally losing her father, at age 21, to colon cancer and several close friends and family to breast and brain cancer. Her primary motivations for joining the biomedical research community include improving patient care by better understanding what defines a healthy and diseased state of a cell.

Dr. Hood has no conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, to declare. Her only conflict of interest is that of a personal one; helping to improve and save human lives.


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