3D hyaluronan hydrogels are an exciting platform developed in the Shoichet lab. We have developed scaffolds with different Click-Chemistry to probe various biological questions. I am specifically interested in developing hyaluronan based hydrogels to investigate the cellular microenvironment that will enable cell survival and differentiation for ultimate use in personalized drug screening. .
Dalhousie University (2009-2013)
BSc Combined Honours Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Alison Thompson
NSERC CGS-D (2014-17)
Poster Presentation Award 31st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Biomaterials Society (2014)
NSERC CGS-M (2013-14)
Cancer Care Nova Scotia Studentship Award (2013)
NSERC Undergraduate Studentship Award (2013, declined)
Dalhousie University Department of Chemistry Spirit of Chemistry Prize (2012)
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Studentship Award (2012)
Dalhousie University International Year of Chemistry Student of The Month (2011)
First Place Poster Presentation 2nd Undergraduate Science Conference (2011)
Hector McInnes Memorial Scholarship (2009-2013)
Dalhousie Entrance Scholarship (2009-2013)
Baker, A. E. G., Tam, R.Y., Muthuswamy, S., Shoichet, M.S., 3D Hyaluronan Hydrogels as Matrices for Spheroid Formation, 31st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Biomaterials Society, Halifax, NS.
Baker, A. E. G., Marchal, E., Thompson, A., Synthesis of Novel Porphyrin-appended Prodigiosenes, 4th Annual BHCRI Cancer Research Conference in Atlantic Canada, Halifax, NS.
Baker, A. E. G., Synthesis of porphyrin-appended prodigiosenes, 4th Annual Maritimes Natural Products Conference, Dalhousie University, NS.
Baker, A. E. G., Smithen, D. A., Thompson, A., Efficient Synthesis of 4,4-Difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacenes (F-BODIPY's), 37th Annual Science Atlantic/CIC Chemistry Conference, Cape Breton University, NS.
Baker, A. E. G., Smithen, D. A., Thompson, A., Efficient Synthesis of 4,4-Difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacenes (F-BODIPY's), 2nd Annual Undergraduate Science Conference, Dalhousie University, NS.
Hawco, C. L. A., Marchal, E., Uddin, Md. I., Baker, A. E. G., Corkery, D. P., Dellaire, G., Thompson, A. (2013) Synthesis and biological evaluation of prodigiosene conjugates of porphyrin, estrone and 4-hydroxytamoxifen. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 21: 5995-6002.
Smithen, D. A., Baker, A. E. G., Offman, M., Crawford, S. M., Cameron, T. S., and Thompson, A. (2012) Use of F-BODIPYs as a Protection Strategy for Dipyrrins: Optimization of BF2 Removal. Journal of Organic Chemistry. 77: 3439–3453.
Lundrigan, T., Baker, A. E. G., Longobardi, L. E., Wood, T. E., Smithen, D. A., Cameron, T. S., Crawford, S. M., Thompson, A. (2012) An Improved Method for the Synthesis of F-BODIPYs from Dipyrrins and Bis(dipyrrin)s. Organic Letters. 14: 2158-2161.
Outside of research I enjoy hiking, running, sailing, construction, collecting antique steel toys and much more.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2019-present