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Laura DeLong Wood, MD PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology
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  • Assistant Professor of Pathology
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology



Research Interests

Pancreatic cancer; DNA sequencing


Dr. Laura DeLong Wood is an assistant professor of pathology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of expertise is cancer genome and DNA sequencing.

Dr. Wood received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary. She earned her M.D. and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wood joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2013.

Her research interests include pancreatic cancer genome research, in which her goal is to find mutations, or errors in the DNA code, that are specific to the tumor and not present in normal DNA.

Dr. Wood is certified in anatomic pathology by the American Board of Pathology. She was recognized with the Seventh Annual AACR Team Science Award, as a member of a team of 20 scientists from Johns Hopkins, Emory University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The $50,000 award was given to honor the team’s impact on understanding fundamental genetic changes in pancreatic cancer.


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    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD) (2009)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pathology (Baltimore MD) (2013)


    • American Board of Pathology / Anatomic Pathology (2012)
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    Research Summary

    Dr. Wood’s research focuses on pancreatic cancer genome research, with a goal of finding mutations in tumors that are not present in normal DNA.

    By comparing DNA from a patient’s tumor tissue and DNA from the patient’s normal tissue, Wood and her colleagues locate cancer-specific mutations that might have contributed to the patient’s pancreatic cancer. These mutations can become key targets for developing new approaches to cancer screening and treatment.

    Selected Publications

    1. Wood LD, Parsons DW, Jones S, Lin J, Sjöblom T, et al. “The genomic landscapes of human breast and colorectal cancers.” Science. 318:1108-13. 2007.
    2. Sjöblom T, Jones S, Wood LD, Parsons DW, et al. “The consensus coding sequences of human breast and colorectal cancers”. Science. 314:268-74. 2006.
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    Seventh Annual AACR Team Science Award, Pancreatic Cancer Research Center

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