Elizabeth Hood, Ph.D, has more than thirty years experience in biology. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Agriculture at Arkansas State University. With 3 partners, she has started a company to produce enzymes for biomass conversion from transgenic plants. With 3 other partners, she has started a second company to help deregulate transgenic plants to produce those proteins and enzymes. She runs an active research lab at ASU in plant-based protein production technology and cell wall structure and function. Dr. Hood was a Program Director in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Foundation during the 2003-2004 academic year. She was a leader in forming one of the world’s foremost transgenic plant research groups at ProdiGene, a plant biotechnology company. Previous to ProdiGene, Dr. Hood was director of the cell biology group for plant production of therapeutic proteins at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a Fortune 500 Company. Dr. Hood is internationally recognized for her research program and associated expertise as evidenced by over 75 publications and patents as well as invitations to speak nationally and internationally. Her previous positions were with Utah State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Hood earned her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Science in Botany from Oklahoma State University. Her research interests are in the areas of renewable resources, foreign gene expression in transgenic plants, plant cell wall structure and function and protein targeting.