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Elizabeth Hood

Lipscomb Distinguished Professor
Arkansas State University

Elizabeth E. Hood is a plant biotechnologist and the Lipscomb Distinguished Professor of Agriculture at Arkansas State University. In 2018 she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She attended the University of Oklahoma earning a BA in sociology in 1974. In her masters she switched to botany, studying the biochemistry of a cyanobacteria (Anabaena variabilis). After completing her master’s degree she moved to Washington University in St. Louis where she studied the natural plant genetic engineering capabilities of Agrobacterium tumefaciens as a PhD student studying with Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert Fraley. Her postdoc was done with Dr. Joe Varner.

From 1988-1994 she was an assistant professor of biology at Utah State University. After that six-year interval she worked in industry, first at Pioneer Hi-Bred and then at ProdiGene. In 2003 she was a program manager at the National Science Foundation. In 2004 she was hired at Arkansas State University. In 2008 she was appointed the Lipscomb Distinguished Professor of Agriculture.

During her time at Washington University, Elizabeth Hood created the Agrobacterium strain EHA101 which is widely used in plant transformation. Her research at Arkansas State University focuses on using plants as factories to produce large quantities of enzymes and studying how plants construct cell walls. She was the Arkansas representative for the Genomes to Fields public-private consortium working to enable accurate phenotypic prediction in corn/maize across the different environments found in thirty different US states.