CBE/ENGR 225 Faculty Seminar: Scott Baker, Ph.D., Science Theme Lead, Biosystem, Dynamic Design, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
CBE/ENGR 225 Faculty Seminar Series Presents:
Scott E. Baker, Ph.D.
Science Theme Lead, Biosystem Dynamic Design
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Elings Hall 1601
*Light refreshments will be provided*
Molecular Analysis for Advancing Fungal Biotechnology
Abstract: Industry has long utilized a breadth of yeast and filamentous fungi for the production of enzymes, biofuels and bioproducts. Genomics approaches have illuminated the metabolic and enzymatic diversity of yeast and filamentous fungi that can be applied toward a variety of industrial applications. As more fungi enter the “post-genomic era”, researchers are asking questions that require advanced capabilities in mass spectrometry, light and electron microscopy, NMR and computational biology. Our group and others utilize a number of these capabilities in order to generate the fundamental knowledge needed to understand the biology underlying the complex phenotypes of industrially relevant fungi.
Bio: Scott Baker joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2003 to conduct research in the area of fungal biotechnology. In 2012, he moved into the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE User National User Facility located at and operated by PNNL. At EMSL he is the Science Theme Lead for the Biosystem Dynamics and Design Science Theme, which focuses on spatial and temporal dynamics of biological pathways in microbes, fungi and plants to advance our understanding of the carbon cycle and accelerate production of biofuels and bioproducts. In this role, he coordinates and implements science and strategy. As a researcher, he has published nearly 80 peer-reviewed journal articles related to fungal biotechnology and genomics applied to production of biofuels and bioproducts. Dr. Baker has been a PI and co-PI supporting a variety of funding agencies, most recently, DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. Dr. Baker’s PhD is from Northwestern University in the area of tumor cell biology. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at University of Arizona, studying Drosophila genetics, and at Syngenta’s Torrey Mesa Research Institute in San Diego, conducting research in the area of fungal plant pathogen functional genomics.