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Chief Scientist for Signature Sciences, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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Nathan A. Baker, Ph.D. received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1997. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of California San Diego under the joint guidance of Profs. J. Andrew McCammon (Chemistry) and Michael Holst (Mathematics). After a brief period of postdoctoral work in the McCammon lab, he joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006. At Washington University, Dr. Baker served as director for the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program. In 2010, Dr. Baker moved to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as Chief Scientist for Signature Science and the Signature Discovery Initiative. He is currently Lead for the National Cancer Institute caBIG Nanotechnology Working Group and Chair for the ASTM E56.01 Subcommittee on Nanotechnology Informatics. Dr. Baker is actively involved in the Biophysical Society and currently serves on several Society committees, including the Public Affairs Committee and the Committee for the Professional Opportunities for Women. He has served on numerous review panels for agencies including NIH and NSF and is currently a member of the NIH College of Reviewers.
Dr. Baker is on the editorial boards for Biophysical Journal and the Computational Science and Discovery journal, is a member of the Faculty of 1000 Biology, and serves as a Section Editor for Annual Reports in Computational Chemistry. His research is in the area of computational biophysics, nanotechnology, and informatics. He is actively involved in the development of new algorithms and software for computational biology and modeling in support of these research projects, including development of the APBS and PDB2PQR biomolecular electrostatics software packages http://www.poissonboltzmann.org and the NanoParticle Ontology http://www.nano-ontology.org. Dr. Baker is the author of over 45 peer-reviewed articles as well as several reviews and book chapters. He has been awarded the Hewlett-Packard Junior Faculty Excellence Award by the American Chemical Society, the National Cancer Institute Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG*) Connecting Collaborators Award, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.