Dr. James R. Baker, Jr. is director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and the Biological Sciences (M-NIMBS). He has distinguished himself as both a national and an international leader in the field of biologic nanotechnology. He is a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and is the only physician on this important Office of Science and Technology Policy committee.
Dr. Baker presently serves as Co-Chair of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's Vaccines and Biological Threats Committee. He also serves as a board member representing the University of Michigan on the Region V Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (the Great Lakes Regional Centers of Excellence). He is a 14-year veteran of service in the United States Military, 12 of which were on active duty, including service during Operation Desert Storm.