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Dr. Nathan A. Baker

Nathan Baker
Nathan A. Baker

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PO Box 999, MSIN: K7-28
Richland, Washington 99352
(509) 375-3997


Nathan A. Baker, Ph.D, is a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and lead for the Signature Discovery Initiative. He is currently Chair for the ASTM E56.01 Subcommittee on Nanotechnology Informatics, co-chair of the US-EU Nanotechnology Databases and Ontology Community of Research(Offsite link), and a member of the ANSI Technical Advisory Group for ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies. Dr. Baker is also Editor-in-Chief for Computational Science and Discovery(Offsite link) and serves on the Editorial Board for Biophysical Journal(Offsite link).

Education - Dr. Baker. received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1997. In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of California San Diego. After a brief period of postdoctoral work in the McCammon lab at University of California San Diego, he joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006. At Washington University, Dr. Baker served as director for the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program.

History - Dr. Baker's 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(Offsite link) and the NanoParticle Ontology(Offsite link).

Recognition - He has served on numerous review panels for agencies including NIH and NSF and is currently a member of the NIH Macromolecular Structure and Function D study section. Dr. Baker is the Editor-in-Chief of Computational Science and Discovery, on the editorial board of Biophysical Journal, is a member of the Faculty of 1000 Biology, and serves as a Section Editor for Annual Reports in Computational Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been awarded the Hewlett-Packard Junior Faculty Excellence Award by the American Chemical Society, the National Cancer Institute caBIG® Connecting Collaborators Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

Publications - Dr. Baker is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed articles as well as several reviews and book chapters. A full list of his publications may be seen here(Offsite link)

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