Dr. Thomas M. Baer

Dr. Thomas Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center, a consulting professor in the Applied Physics Department, and an Associate Member of the Stem Cell Institute at Stanford University. His current scientific research is focused on developing imaging and biochemical analysis technology for exploring the molecular basis of human developmental biology and regenerative medicine, optogenetics, and developing new technologies for protein engineering. Co-founder of five companies in Silicon Valley, he was named entrepreneur of the year for emerging companies in Silicon Valley in 2000, by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Dr. Baer holds over 70 patents and his commercial products have received many industry awards for design innovation. He has been elected to the status of Fellow in three international scientific societies: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and The Optical Society of America (OSA). He served as the President of OSA in 2009. In 2012 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and was awarded the Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award by the Optical Society of America.

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