Doris J Baker
Director, Reproductive Laboratory Sciences
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Dr. Baker is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Reproductive Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She received her in Medical Technology training at the University of Virginia Department of Pathology and her M.S., with an emphasis in reproduction, from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. After completing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with research in embryology from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio she focused on education for reproductive laboratory personnel. Dr. Baker established the first curricular-based master’s degree program in Reproductive Laboratory Science in the United States (2000) and the first Ph.D. in Reproductive Sciences with a clinical embryology option worldwide (2009) at the University of Kentucky, where she is professor and director of graduate studies in reproductive sciences.
Dr. Baker’s research interests focus on clinical outcomes and policy issues in assisted reproductive technology (ART). She has conducted investigations in reproductive microbiology with a focus on sexually transmitted infections in the gamete/embryo donor population and policy issues in assisted reproductive technology (ART), including regulation of ART laboratories and education in reproductive laboratory science. Her interest in long-term clinical outcomes associated with assisted reproduction, especially assisted fertilization, led to on-going collaborations with basic scientists with established expertise in gene expression databases to study gene expression in murine blastocysts derived by different assisted fertilization techniques. She has received federal and university grants for research and industry support for her education programs.