Kris C. Wood, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, where he was recognized with the outstanding sophomore, junior, and senior awards in Chemical Engineering, the Tau Beta Pi outstanding senior award in the College of Engineering, and a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship in science and mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he developed self-assembling polymeric systems for controlled gene and drug delivery under the supervision of Professors Paula Hammond, Ph.D. and Robert Langer, Sc.D. As an NIH and Misrock Fund postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D. at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, his work focused on the development of functional genomic tools to study the determinants of anticancer drug sensitivity.
Dr. Wood’s lab at Duke uses new functional and computational genomic approaches to identify novel tumor vulnerabilities and strategies for circumventing therapeutic resistance. He has received the Liz Tilberis Early Career Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, Scholar Awards from the V Foundation, Stewart Trust, Forbeck Foundation, Whitehead Foundation, and the NIH BIRCWH Program, and research awards from the Lloyd Trust, Golfers Against Cancer, NIH, and American Association for Cancer Research.