Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Harper Cancer Research Institute
University of Notre Dame

Brian M. Baker, PhD

Principal Investigator

Coleman Professor of Life Sciences
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Brian Baker is the Coleman Professor of Life Sciences in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Notre Dame College of Science.

Brian received his PhD in physical biochemistry from the University of Iowa studying the biophysics of protein-protein interactions. He completed a postdoc in structural immunology at Harvard University, working with the late Don C. Wiley. He is the scientific great-grandson of Rosalind Franklin and Linus Pauling. Brian moved to the University of Notre Dame in 2001 to start a lab using physical and structural principles to understand cellular immunity.

Brian is also the drummer in the local rock band The Standard Deviants and a sometimes drummer for some other local bands and one time even played in Costa Rica. Contact him by emailing