Geoffrey Baird


Geoffrey Baird, MD, PhD

I was born and raised in Solana Beach, California and I went into the family business (my father is a pathologist). I was an undergraduate at Stanford University, where I studied Chemistry, and I completed the Medical Scientist Training Program and the University of California, San Diego. I received my PhD for work on fluorescent proteins in the laboratory of Dr. Roger Tsien. I then moved to Seattle for residency in pathology at UW and fellowship in immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology at PhenoPath.

I am currently an assistant professor in the department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. I am also an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Pathology at UW, the director of Clinical Chemistry at Harborview Medical Center, and the Laboratory Director of Airlift Northwest. My clinical interests include rational utilization of routine laboratory testing, clinical toxicology including comprehensive drug screening and chronic opioid therapy monitoring, and immunohistochemistry. I direct the University of Washington's Clinical Chemistry Fellowship, as well as participate in resident and student education.

In my laboratory, I am interested in developing novel methods for clinical laboratory tests. One technology of particular interest is the Luminex Platform, a system for performing multiplex, bead-based immunoassays, which I am using on tissue homogenates. The goal of this project is to provide quantitative information that complements histomorphologic examination in the diagnosis of diseases in solid tissues. A second technology of interest concerns the use of oligonucleotide aptamers. Developed through the SELEX process, aptamers are short strands of DNA that can form very selective binding reagents. We are attempting to develop novel tissue diagnostics with these reagents. Finally, I have a long-term collaborative project with Ventana Medical Systems studying the formalin fixation process, aimed both at monitoring the process with novel methods, as well as determining optimized fixation protocols that yield the highest quality preserved tissue for downstream molecular and proteomic assays.

MD, Medicine

University of California, San Diego

2003

PhD, Biomedical Sciences

University of California, San Diego

2003

BS, Chemistry

Stanford University

1995

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

University of Washington, Seattle

2003-2007

Immunohistochemistry Fellowship

Phenopath Laboratories, Seattle

2007-2008

Clinical Chemistry, Oligonucleotide Aptamers, Immunoassays, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

English, German

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