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Richard H.G. Baxter, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry

Richard Baxter
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About Me

Research Interests

Thioester-containing proteins (TEPs) are a large family of secreted proteins, including vertebrate complement factors and α2-macroglobulins, that perform multiple key roles in the innate immune response. Furthermore, insect TEPs, or iTEPs, are known factors that restrict the transmission of infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue by their insect vectors. My laboratory combines biochemical, biophysical and structural techniques to investigate the molecular function of TEPs and their interaction partners. Our goal is to better understand and eventually control to the spread of vector-borne diseases, and to discover new functions of TEPs in immunity and development with potential impact on inflammatory and neuromuscular diseases.

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Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2010
  • PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • MS, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1999
  • BS, Australian National University Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia, 1998


  • American Chemical Society 
  • American Crystallographic Association 
  • American Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 
  • American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Honors & Awards

  • Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Boomerang Award, Christchurch New Zeland, 2009
  • 13th Sealy Structural Biology Symposium Postdoctoral Poster Prize, UTMB Galveston, TX, 2008
  • Elizabeth Norton Prize for Excellence in Research, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2004

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