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

Brian Baker

Brian M. Baker, PhD

Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Structural Biology

Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Brian Baker is the Zahm Professor of Structural Biology and the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Notre Dame College of Science. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

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 the progressive band Half Fiction. Brian grew up in a military family moving all around the world. If you want to learn more about Brian, listen to this song and then this songContact him by emailing brian-baker@nd.edu or calling the office at (574) 631-9810.