Dr. Stefanie Baker received her B.S. in Microbiology from Clemson University, her M.S. in Microbiology from North Carolina State University, and her Ph.D. in Genetics from Clemson University. For master’s work, she worked with Dr. Kelly Tatchell investigating protein phosphatase type I in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and her Ph.D. work with Dr. Jessup Shively involved characterization of carboxysomes in the chemoautotrophic bacterium Halothiobacillus neapolitanus. She conducted a post-doctoral research project with Dr. Susan Barefoot at Clemson University in the Food Science Department investigating bacteriocins from Propionibacterium jensenii, a bacterium known its role in production of Swiss cheese.
Dr. Baker’s passion is undergraduate education and since 2000, she has focused on working with undergraduates in the classroom and laboratory. From 2000 – 2008, she taught at Erskine College where she received several teaching awards, one of which was the Younts Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Baker joined the Biology Faculty at Wofford College in 2008 where she teaches Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology. In 2020, she received the Roger Milliken Excellence in Science Teaching Award. In 2019, she took a sabbatical leave to investigate the role of viral proteins in activation of dendritic cells of the human immune system with Dr. Randal Gregg at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.