Dr Michael Baker PhD

Dr Michael Baker

School of Biosciences

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School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Michael Baker is a teaching focused lecturer in biochemistry and cell biology. His interests lie in studying protein-protein interactions using various biochemical and biophysical techniques to understand how these interactions regulate cellular processes.


BSc (hons) Biochemistry, University of Warwick (2012)

PhD, University of Warwick (MIBTP) (2017)


Dr Michael Baker started his career as a Biochemistry undergraduate at the University of Warwick. His interest in protein biochemistry led to a PhD studying the interactions between clathrin and its adaptor proteins in order to understand how endocytosis is regulated in cells. Upon completion of his PhD in 2017, Michael continued as a lecturer at Warwick before joining the University of Birmingham in 2018.


Dr Michael Baker teaches both undergraduates and postgraduates on a range of topics from neurophysiology and the cytoskeleton to enzymology and biophysical techniques.

Michael is the module lead for the 2nd year Biochemistry module Proteins and Enzymes and an admissions tutor for the MSc/MRes Toxicology programme.


Research Interests: Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Researcher identifier number - ORCID: 0000-0002-2444-3434


Whiting G, Baker MJ, Rijpkema S, (2012), “Development of an in vitro potency assay for anti-anthrax lethal toxin neutralizing antibodies”. Toxins 4,1: 28-41

Sinden NJ, Baker MJ, Smith DJ, Kreft JU, Dafforn TR, Stockley RA, (2015) “α-1-Antitrypsin variants and the proteinase/antiproteinase imbalance in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 308: L179–L190

Smith SM, Baker MJ, Halebian M, Smith CJ, (2017) “Weak Molecular Interactions in Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis” Front Mol Biosci. 2017; 4: 7

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