Dr. Baker received her B.S. in microbiology from Clemson University (where she played trumpet in Tiger Band!), her M.S. in microbiology from North Carolina State University, and her Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University. Her master’s work focused on protein phosphatase type I in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and her Ph.D. work involved characterization of carboxysomes in Halothiobacillus neapolitanus. Baker conducted a post-doctoral research project at Clemson University in the Food Science Department investigating bacteriocins from Propionibacterium. Before joining the faculty at Wofford College in 2008, she taught at Erskine College.
Baker is fascinated by microbiology and bacteria specifically. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues during the January Interim term. She worked with Chemistry Professor Dr. Jameica Hill to develop a Forensics course and with Dr. Natalie Spivey on “Living in a Microbial World."She is the faculty advisor for Wofford’s chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the biological honor society and served as the secretary for the South Carolina Academy of Sciences.Baker teaches both sophomore level courses (Genetics 212 and Cell Biology 214), Microbiology (324), and Cellular Biochemistry (433). She’s wife to Greg, mother to Matthew, and caregiver to Jackson and Bella (her family dogs) all of whom provide teaching examples and stories for the classroom and lab.