Read about David Baker, Ph.D., in the September 2005 issue.
University of Washington
David Baker, an avid hiker, approaches science like he does a mountain. He finds the highest peak and heads toward it.
His scientific challenge is to develop software programs that generate high-resolution images of proteins, which reveal the molecules’ every feature. Having this information will help scientists custom-design medicines to target proteins and fix health problems, and it’s even letting Baker create entirely new proteins that could interrupt or enhance a particular reaction inside a cell.