Tania Baker (MIT)

The event will start on: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 | 12:00 pm
Location: Lewis Thomas Lab, 003 | Washington Road

MolBio Seminar Series

tania bakerTania Baker
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tania A. Baker is the Department Head and the Edwin C. Whitehead Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford University in 1988.  Her graduate research was carried out in the laboratory of Professor Arthur Kornberg and focused on mechanisms of initiation of DNA replication.  She did postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Kiyoshi Mizuuchi at the National Institutes of Health, studying the mechanism and regulation of DNA transposition.  Her current research explores mechanisms and regulation of genetic recombination and genome protection, enzyme-catalyzed protein unfolding, and ATP-dependent protein degradation.  Professor Baker received the 2001 Eli Lilly Research Award from the American Society of Microbiology.  In 2000 she was awarded the MIT School of Science Teaching Prize for Undergraduate Education and in 2008 she was elected as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow.  She is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Microbiology. Professor Baker is coauthor (with Arthur Kornberg) of the book DNA Replication (2nd edition) as well as of the 5th and 6th editions of Watson’s influential text Molecular Biology of the Gene.  She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

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AAA+ Unfoldases: Remodeling Proteins and the Proteome

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