Tom Baldwin is a biochemist well known for his studies on protein folding and is currently a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside, where he also served as Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Previously, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Founding Director of the Bio5 Institute at the University of Arizona. Baldwin has also held academic positions at Texas A&M University (1981-99), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1975-81), and Harvard University (1971-75).
At UCR, Baldwin is responsible for programs in a college that spans the so-called “hard” sciences, from mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to entomology, botany, and the Agricultural Experiment Station. His duties in this position fit well with his passion for excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement, all with the goal of achieving academic strength at all levels, from K-12 through graduate school.
A native of Mississippi, Mr. Baldwin received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and his Doctoral degree in Zoology, both from the University of Texas, Austin. He received postdoctoral training at Harvard University and began his academic career in biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana. In 1981, he transferred to Texas A&M University, rising through the ranks to professor. He moved to the University of Arizona in 1999, where he is currently a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics.
Additionally, Tom Baldwin has more than 140 published research papers with collaborators, editor or co-editor of four books, and he also holds six patents based on his research. Tom has mentored more than 20 students who have received their Doctoral degrees based on research done in his laboratory.
Tom and his wife, Miriam, who is also a biochemist, have two daughters: Rebecca, an attorney in Washington D.C., and Ruth, a graduate student who lives with her husband in Berkeley, California.