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Nathan A. Baker

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Nathan A. Baker

Nathan A. Baker is currently the Chief Scientist for Signature Sciences at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In addition, Baker is currently Lead for the National Cancer Institute caBIG Nanotechnology Working Group, Chair for the ASTM E56.01 Subcommittee on Nanotechnology Informatics, and Editorial Board Member for the Biophysical Journal. 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 bimolecular electrostatics software packages and the NanoParticle Ontology.

Education: BS in Chemistry from University of Iowa; PhD in Physical Chemistry from University of Iowa.

History: Prior to joining PNNL in June of 2010, Baker taught at Washington University in St. Louis in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, eventually becoming a professor with tenure in 2006 and Director in 2007. He also served as a consultant for clients such as Gelsus, Inc. and PixelEXX Systems, Inc.


  • Undergraduate fellowship (Sep-1995 to May-1997) Barry M. Goldwater fund
  • Collegiate Scholar (May-1997 to May-1997) University of Iowa
  • Undergraduate liberal arts commencement speaker (May-1997), University of Iowa
  • Member (May-1997), Phi Beta Kappa
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship (Sep-1997 to May-2001), Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship (Apr-1999 to Apr-2001), Burroughs-Welcome La Jolla Interfaces in Science
  • Letters of commendation for teaching (Jan-1998, Jan-1999), University of California San Diego
  • IBM student award in computational chemistry, first place (Jan-2000 to Jan-2000), IBM and the American Chemical Society
  • Kamen award for outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the biological sciences (May-2001 to May-2001), University of California at San Diego
  • Research fellow (Sep-2004 to Sep-2006), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Hewlett-Packard Junior Faculty Excellence Award (Oct-2007), American Chemical Society
  • Connecting Collaborators Award (Sep-2010), National Cancer Institute Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG™)


  • Authored or co-authored 52 peer-reviewed publications
  • Authored or co-authored 7 book chapters
  • Co-edited 1 special journal issue
  • Section Editor for 1 book series
  • Editorial board member for 2 journals
  • Member of Faculty of 1000 Biology
  • 50 invited presentations in the last 5 years
  • 2 visiting lectureships
  • Conference co-organizer for 2 conferences

Professional Societies:

  • Member, American Chemical Society, 1994-present
  • Member, American Physical Society, 1999-present
  • Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2000-2010
  • Member, Biophysical Society, 2001-present
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2010-present

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