About

Tania A. Baker
E.C. Whitehead Professor of Biology, M.I.T.
Investigator, H.H.M.I.

Ph.D. 1988, Stanford University

Phone: (617) 253-3594
Email: tabaker@mit.edu

Tania Baker's research focuses on the mechanism and regulation of two families of protein machines: the Clp/Hsp100 ATPases that catalyze protein unfolding and the disassembly of protein complexes, and the transposase/integrase family of recombinases.

EDUCATION :

Undergraduate:  

University of Wisconsin, Madison  9/79 to 5/83
B.S. Biochemistry, with distinction, May 1983
Advisor: Professor Carol A. Gross

Graduate:                         

Stanford University Medical School
9/83 to 6/88
Ph.D. Biochemistry, June 1988
Advisor: Professor Arthur Kornberg                                       

POSITIONS HELD :                           
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stanford University Medical School, Advisor: Arthur Kornberg
Department of Biochemistry
6/88 to 12/89       

Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institutes of Health, Advisor: Kiyoshi Mizuuchi
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
12/89 to 10/92       

Assistant Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Biology
10/92 to 6/97

Assistant Investigator
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
5/94 to 6/97

Associate Professor -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Associate Investigator -- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
7/97 to 6/02

Head, Department of Biology -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Investigator -- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
4/12 to 4/2014

Whitehead Professor of Biology -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Investigator -- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
7/02 to present

AWARDS :                     

2008 Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow

2007 Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences

2005 Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

2004 Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2002 Whitehead Professor of Biology

2002 Elected Fellow of the American Society for Microbiology

2001 Eli Lilly and Company Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology

2000 MIT School of Science Teaching Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

1999 Harold E. Edgerton Award for distinction in teaching, research, and service to MIT

1998 ASBMB Schering-Plough Research Institute Award       

1993 NSF Young Investigator Award

Robert A. Swanson Career Development Professorship in the Life Sciences for 1992 to 1994

Surdna Foundation Research Award for 1992 to 1993 for support of research of junior faculty in the life sciences

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research 1989 to 1992

Mary Shine Peterson Fellowship for Undergraduate Research academic year 1982-1983

Undergraduate Research Fellowship to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Summer 1982