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

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.