David Baker, PhD

David Baker is the director of the Institute for Protein Design, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Henrietta and Aubrey Davis Endowed Professor in Biochemistry, and an adjunct professor of genome sciences, bioengineering, chemical engineering, computer science, and physics at the University of Washington. His research group is focused on the design of macromolecular structures and functions.

He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry with Randy Schekman at the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral work in biophysics with David Agard at UCSF. 

Dr. Baker has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Beckman Foundation, and the Packard Foundation. He is the recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Irving Sigal and Hans Neurath awards from the Protein Society, the Overton Prize from the ISCB, the Feynman Prize from the Foresight Institute, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the Sackler prize in biophysics, and the Centenary Award from the Biochemical society. Sixty-five of his mentees have gone on to independent faculty positions, he has published over 500 research papers, been granted over 100 patents, and co-founded 11 companies.

Dr. Baker is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a project leader with The Audacious Project.

Email (he/him): dabaker@uw.edu

Assistant (Zari Magness, she/her): ipdadmin@uw.edu 

Press inquiries: media@ipd.uw.edu

Lab website: bakerlab.org


2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

2018 Protein Society Hans Neurath Award

2017 Henrietta and Aubrey Davis Endowed Professorship in Biochemistry

2014 David Perlman Memorial Award

2012 Biochemical Society Centenary Award

2011 University of Washington Inventor of the Year Award

2009 American Academy of Sciences

2008 Sackler Prize in Biophysics

2007 Editorial Board, PNAS

2006 National Academy of Sciences

2004 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize

2004 AAAS Newcomb-Cleveland prize

2003 Director, Biomolecular structure and design graduate program (BMSD)

2002 International Society for Computational Biology Overton Prize

2000 Protein Society Young Investigator Award

2000 HHMI Assistant Investigator

2000 Editorial Advisory Board, Protein Science

1999 Nominating Committee, Protein Society

1995 Beckman Young Investigator Award

1994 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

1994 National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award