Dr. Philip A. Wood was born in Eldorado, Illinois (USA) in 1956 and subsequently grew up in Kansas. In 1980 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Science (MS) degrees from Kansas State University and in 1983 received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Experimental Pathology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). From 1983-1988 he was on the faculty in the Institute for Molecular Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In 1989, Dr. Wood returned to UAB as an Associate Professor. He was appointed as a Professor in 1996, and served as Chairman of the UAB Department of Genomics and Pathobiology from 1996-2002. Dr. Wood was Professor and Director of the Division of Genomics in the UAB Department of Genetics until 2007, and simply Professor of Genetics in 2008. In January 2009, Professor Wood moved to the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida. His book “How Fat Works” was published by Harvard University Press, 2006 and 2009.