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Thomas M. Baer

Executive Director, SPRC
Thomas M. Baer

Dr. Thomas Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center, a consulting professor in the Applied Physics Department, and an Associate Member of the Stem Cell Institute at Stanford University.  His current scientific research is focused on developing imaging and biochemical analysis technology for exploring the molecular basis of human developmental biology and regenerative medicine, optogenetics, and developing new high-throughput technologies for protein engineering.  Before joining Stanford, Dr. Baer founded Arcturus Bioscience, Inc. which he established in 1996, serving as the company's Chairman and CEO until January 2005. Prior to Arcturus, Dr. Baer was Vice President of Research at Biometric Imaging, where he led an interdisciplinary group developing instrumentation and reagents with applications in the areas of AIDS monitoring, bone marrow transplant therapy, and blood supply quality control. From 1981 to 1992 Dr. Baer was at Spectra-Physics, Inc., in Mountain View, California, where he held positions as a Research Scientist, Spectra-Physics Fellow, and Vice-President of Research.  He was named entrepreneur of the year for emerging companies in Silicon Valley in 2000 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and medical technology that he developed was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the top 10 medical advances in 2010.  Dr. Baer holds over 70 patents and his commercial products have received many industry awards for design innovation. He has been elected to the status of Fellow in two international scientific societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and The Optical Society of America (OSA) and served as the President of OSA in 2009.  In 2012 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and was awarded the Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award by the Optical Society of America. 

Research Areas:

Biophotonics, medical diagnostic instrumentation, microscopy, laser source engineering, consumer applications of photonics, entrepreneurship

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Ginzton Laboratory
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