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Christopher A. Baker

Assistant Professor


Our group is developing novel bioanalytical technologies, like microfluidic instrumentation and nanoscale biosensors, to allow us to listen in on chemical communications that occur between the brain and body (i.e. neuroendocrine processes). Faster, more specific, and higher sensitivity measurements will elucidate the roles of peptide signaling in behavior and may shed new light on mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders like autism.


B.S. Chemistry, Wayne State University (2006)
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Florida State University (2012)
Postdoc, University of Arizona (2012-2014)
Postdoc, Sandia National Labs (2014-2015)


Gallagher E.S.,  Baker C.A., Ratnayaka S., Adem S., Aspinwall C.A. “Highly stabilized, polymer–lipid membranes prepared on silica microparticles as stationary phases for capillary chromatography” Journal of Chromatography A 2015, 1385, 28-34

Baker C.A., Aspinwall C.A. “Emerging trends in precision fabrication of microapertures to support suspended lipid membranes for sensors, sequencing, and beyond” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2015, 407, 647–652

Bright L.K., Baker C.A., Agasid M., Ma L., Aspinwall C.A. "Decreased aperture surface energy enhances electrical, mechanical, and temporal stability of suspended lipid membranes" ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2013, 5, 11918–11926

Baker C.A., Bright L.K., Aspinwall C.A. “Photolithographic fabrication of microapertures with well-defined, three-dimensional geometries for suspended lipid membrane studies” Analytical Chemistry 2013, 85, 9078–9086

Baker C.A., Roper M.G. “Online coupling of digital microfluidic devices with mass spectrometry detection using an eductor with electrospray ionization” Analytical Chemistry 2012, 84, 2955-2960

Yu Y., Li B., Baker C.A., Zhang X., Roper M.G. “Quantitative polymerase chain reaction using infrared heating on a microfluidic chip” Analytical Chemistry 2012, 84, 2825-2829

Ventura D., Shu L., Baker C.A., Breshike, C., Strouse, G., Kroto H., Acquah, S. “Flexible Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Hydrogen Sensing Mats” Carbon 2012, 50, 2672-2674

Baker C.A., Bulloch R., Roper M.G. “Comparison of separation performance of laser-ablated and wet-etched microfluidic devices” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2011, 399, 1473-1479 (journal cover)

Baker C.A., Roper M.G. “A Continuous flow microfluidic fraction collection device” Journal of Chromatography A 2010, 1217, 4743-4748

Baker C.A., Duong C., Grimley A.M., Roper M.G. “Recent advances in microfluidic detection systems” Bioanalysis 2009, 1, 967-975

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