Richard Baker
Richard M. Baker, Ph.D.
Associate
Mechanical Engineering
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Baker is trained in both biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering. He has an interdisciplinary background in mechanics, materials, and image processing. He specializes in thermal, thermomechanical, and mechanical characterization of polymers and polymeric composites and has experience with mammalian cell culture, small animal surgeries, and biomechanical testing. Dr. Baker has applied his training to the development of thermoresponsive polymer systems for application in cell mechanobiology and tissue engineering. As part of this work, he developed deployable shape memory polymer scaffolds for the treatment of critical size bone defects in mice. Dr. Baker has also applied his training to polyethylene gas distribution piping failures and to general mechanical design safety issues.

Through Dr. Baker’s interdisciplinary efforts in mechanics and biology, he gained experience fabricating, characterizing, and evaluating biomaterials both in vitro and in vivo. Additionally, he collaborated with a colleague to develop a freely disseminated image processing algorithm in MatLab to track and analyze cell migration kinetics in vitro. Dr. Baker is trained in numerous analytical techniques, including SEM/EDS, Karl Fischer titration, DSC, and TGA. He is experienced in measuring the viscoelastic properties of polymeric materials and composites using dynamic mechanical analysis. Dr. Baker also has experience with computer-aided design (CAD), and has applied it to help redesign, model, and prototype a mechanical housing block for a kidney diagnostics device. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, Syracuse University, 2015
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2009,

    magna cum laude

  • University Fellowship, Syracuse University, 2009

Publications

Ph.D. Thesis

Baker RM. Shape memory polymers as 2D substrates and 3D scaffolds for the study of cell mechanobiology and tissue engineering. Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University, October 2015.

Publications

Baker RM, Tseng LF, Iannolo MT, Oest ME, Henderson JH. Self-deploying shape memory polymer scaffolds for grafting and stabilizing complex bone defects: a mouse femoral segmental defect study. Biomaterials 2016.

Robertson J, Torbati A, Rodriguez ED, Mao Y, Baker RM, Qi J, Mather PT. Mechanically programmed shape change in laminated elastomeric composites. Soft Matter 2015.

Nejad HB, Baker RM, and Mather PT. Preparation and characterization of triple shape memory composite foams. Soft Matter 2014.

Baker RM, Davis KA, and Henderson JH. Shape memory applications in mechanobiology and bone repair. In: Biomaterials for bone regeneration: novel techniques and applications, Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials, Dubruel P, Van Vlierberghe S (eds), 2014.

Baker RM, Brasch ME, Manning ML, Henderson JH. Automated, contour-based tracking and analysis of cell behaviour over long timescales in environments of varying complexity and cell density. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 2014.

Baker RM, Henderson JH, Mather PT. Shape memory poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-co-poly(ethylene glycol) foams with body temperature triggering and two-way actuation. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2013.

Baker RM, Yang P, Henderson JH, Mather PT. In vitro wrinkle formation via shape memory dynamically aligns adherent cells. Soft Matter 2013.

Presentations

Baker RM, Brasch ME, Manning ML, Henderson JH. Contour-based algorithm for tracking cells and cell-material analyses. 39th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, April 7, 2013.

Baker RM, Henderson JH, Mather PT. Shape memory scaffold with a tunable recovery temperature for filling critical-size bone defects. 39th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, April 6, 2013.

Baker RM, Henderson JH, Mather PT. Poly(caprolactone) shape memory scaffold for bone tissue engineering. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Fall Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 27, 2012.

Baker RM, Henderson JH, and Mather PT. Poly(caprolactone) shape memory scaffold for bone tissue engineering. 38th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, March 18th, 2012.

Baker RM, Mather PT, and Henderson JH. Composition optimization of transition temperature and breadth of glassy shape memory polymers. 37th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Potsdam, NY, June 2–5, 2010.


Patents

Mather PT, Nejad HB, Baker RM.  Triple shape memory foam.  Disclosed to Syracuse University, May, 2014.

Henderson JH, Mather PT, Baker RM.  Shape-Memory-Assisted Cell Seeding (SMACS).  Disclosed to Syracuse University, March, 2014.

Prior Experience

Lab Manager, Syracuse University, 2010–2012

Engineering Intern, Rose-Hulman Ventures, 2008–2009

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Society for Biomaterials

Biomedical Engineering Society

Golden Key International Honor Society

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Polymer Bulletins

Polymer Reviews

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, Syracuse University, 2015
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2009,

    magna cum laude

  • University Fellowship, Syracuse University, 2009