Teaster Baird Jr. selected as an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Fellow

Author: AMO
April 27, 2021

“The title of fellow has a long history in academia and professional societies and typically designates distinguished members or partners who have contributed significantly to a field or endeavor. Over the past year, the leadership of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology established a fellows program to recognize members of our society who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the ASBMB and made outstanding contributions to advance the molecular life sciences.

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Teaster Baird Jr. is a professor and chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at San Francisco State University. A dedicated educator who has led many initiatives within and beyond his university to improve science education, Baird also maintains a research program in serine protease enzymology, examining and engineering the enzymes to modify their catalytic activity, substrate specificity and interactions with macromolecular inhibitors .

Baird has served the ASBMB as the Southwest regional director of Student Chapters for at least six years and remains the faculty adviser for his university's Student Chapter. For 10 years, he served on the steering committee that developed concept-driven teaching strategies in biochemistry and molecular biology.

He was nominated to be an ASBMB fellow by a panel of seven colleagues from SFSU and the ASBMB Student Chapters program, who wrote that "he sees potential, provides opportunities, and gives a voice to students and faculty who often are forgotten or overlooked … (and) is constantly pushing the boundaries of the way students are educated."

Baird earned his Ph.D. from Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow both at Duke and at the University of California, San Francisco."

Read the full article in ASBMB Today