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Scientific Steering Committee

David Baker, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Protein Design (Rosetta Commons)
University of Washington

David Baker, Ph.D. is a biochemist and computational biologist whose research focuses on the prediction of macromolecular structures and functions. He is the director of Rosetta Commons, a consortium of labs and researchers that develop the Rosetta biomolecular structure prediction and design program, which has been extended to the distributed computing project Rosetta@Home and the online computer game Foldit. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral work in biophysics at University of California, San Francisco. Baker has received numerous awards in recognition of his work including the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (American Association for the Advancement of Science), the Sackler International Prize in Biophysics, the Overton Prize from the International Society of Computational Biology, and the Feynman Prize from the Foresight Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Sciences.