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.
Dr. Ivy grew up in Central Illinois and stayed close to home
for her B.S. at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and her M.S. and
Ph.D. at Illinois State University. She also completed graduate work at New
Mexico State University. Her Master’s and Ph.D. work focused on the evolution
of mating behavior in crickets, with behavioral and quantitative genetics work
in the lab and field work at Grand Teton National Park, along with collecting
expeditions across the country. She spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at
Universität Zürich studying the behavioral genetics of dung fly mate choice and
development. She then traveled back to the U.S. to research the genetics of ethanol
tolerance in fruit flies at the University of Rochester before joining the
faculty of Wofford in 2010. She is currently collaborating with colleagues at
Illinois State University on maternal investment in house wrens.
Ivy enjoys hiking, motorcycling, knitting,
and hanging out with her numerous cats.
She teaches Biological Inquiry (150), Biological Development
(151), and Introduction to Biostatistics (241).