Wood to receive lifetime achievement award

Published: Sept. 26, 2014

The Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association (SUMCAA) has announced that William B. Wood, PhD, will receive the prestigious Arthur Kornberg and Paul Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences. He will be honored at a dinner held on the Stanford campus on Oct. 18. 

“William Wood has made extraordinary advances impacting medical science and education, and we are thrilled to honor his remarkable accomplishments,” says Laurie J. Weisberg, MD ’79, SUMCAA president. 

Professor Wood is Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Emeritus, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is known for his scientific achievements in understanding the genetics of early development and his pioneering research in the complex viruses that infect bacteria. He is the lead author of the innovative textbook Biochemistry, A Problems Approach, and served as editor-in-chief of the premier biology education research journal CBE-Life Sciences Education. He received his AB degree in Chemistry from Harvard College and his PhD from Stanford University. 

The Arthur Kornberg and Paul Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences honors the legacy of Arthur Kornberg, MD, and Paul Berg, PhD, medical science pioneers and Nobel laureates who brought to Stanford a passion for discovery and groundbreaking research. Established in 2010, this award acknowledges and celebrates the lifetime career achievements of Stanford University School of Medicine alumni in the biomedical sciences. Several previous winners have gone on to win other prestigious awards including the Nobel Prize.