Anna W. Baker

Anna W. Baker

Degree Program: Bacteriology
Faculty Supervisor: Katrina T. Forest
Phone: (608) 265-9282



Current Research

The study of life is the study of interactions-from the interactions of populations within an ecosystem to the interactions of atoms within the active site of an enzyme. Indeed, one of the fundamental characteristics of life is the ability to interact with and adapt to environment stimuli. Our lab studies biological interactions at the microscopic and molecular levels. We are particularly interested in the structure, function, and mechanism of bacterial proteins with consequences to prokaryotic physiology and pathogenesis in eukaryotes. Using X-ray crystallography as our primary tool, we draw on our diverse backgrounds in microbiology, biophysics, biochemistry, and chemistry to uniquely approach our two main areas of research: Type IV pili and bacteriophytochromes.

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Biochemistry Department
433 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1544

Brian Fox, Director