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Nathan Baker

  • PhD
  • UW-PNNL Distinguished Faculty Fellow
  • University of Washington Department of Applied Mathematics
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Nathan Baker, PhD is a Laboratory Fellow in the Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and a UW-PNNL Distinguished Faculty Fellow with the Department of Applied Mathematics at University of Washington. His previous roles at PNNL have included Division Director, Business Sector Manager, Group Manager, and Initiative Lead. He was also a Visiting Professor in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University as well as faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis with roles that included Associate Professor (tenured) of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Director of the Biophysics PhD program. His research interests include the development of new algorithms in applied mathematics and data science to support applications in chemistry, biology, and other domains. Current research projects include the APBS software suite ( which provides computational methods for modeling solvation in biomolecular systems as well as the development of new methods for uncertainty quantification. His research is primarily funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy. Dr. Baker is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a former Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.


Scientific Data

Editorial Board Member

2014 - Present

Biophysical Journal

Editorial Board Member

2008 - 2018(10 years)

Recent publications

  • Data-driven molecular modeling with the generalized Langevin equation

    • Grogan F
    • Lei H
    • Li X
    • et al.
  • How Much Chemistry Does a Deep Neural Network Need to Know to Make Accurate Predictions?

    • Goh G
    • Siegel C
    • Vishnu A
    • et al.

Professional experience

UW-PNNL Distinguished Faculty Fellow

Applied Mathematics, University of Washington

December 2019 - Present

Laboratory Fellow

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

January 2012 - Present

Visiting Professor of Applied Mathematics

Brown University

January 2015 - December 2019(5 years)

Director; Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

March 2016 - November 2019(4 years)

Business Sector Manager for DOE ASCR

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

March 2017 - April 2018(a year)

Technical Group Manager, Applied Statistics and Computational Modeling

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

November 2013 - July 2015(2 years)

Scientist 5

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

June 2010 - January 2012(2 years)

Associate Professor (tenured) of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Washington University in Saint Louis

December 2006 - June 2010(4 years)

Director, Molecular Biophysics PhD Program

Washington University in Saint Louis

January 2007 - May 2010(3 years)

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Washington University in Saint Louis

July 2002 - November 2006(4 years)


Postdoc, Computational Biology

University of California - San Diego

May 2001 - June 2002(a year)

PhD, Physical Chemistry

University of California - San Diego

June 1997 - April 2001(4 years)

BS, Chemistry

University of Iowa

August 1993 - May 1997(4 years)