Dr. Kristen M. Baker

Organic Chemistry, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kristen M. Baker

Contact Information


Office: Caputo 317
Phone: (717) 871-7419

Office Hours

M: 10:00 - 11:00 am
T: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
W: 8:00 - 9:00 am
F: 8:00 - 9:00 am
Comments: Spring 2024


  • B.S. Chemistry, Gettysburg College, 2016
  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Delaware, 2021
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Providence College, 2021-2023


  • A Short Course in Organic Chemistry (Chem 235)
  • Organic Chemistry II Lab (Chem 232)

Course Materials

Research Interests

Dr. Baker’s research interests are in the general area of synthetic organic chemistry with a focus on methodology development. One of her projects focuses on developing a regioselective trifluoromethylation of alkyl radicals which has applications to pharmaceutically relevant small molecules. Additionally, she is interested in the synthesis of benzisothiazoles, a motif commonly found in biologically active molecules.

About Dr. Kristen M. BAker

Dr. Kristen M. Baker joined the Chemistry Department in August 2023. She grew up about an hour from Millersville in Harrisburg, PA. She received her B.S. (2016) in Chemistry from Gettysburg College where she did undergraduate research with Don Jameson. She then worked with Mary Watson at the University of Delaware to earn her Ph.D. in chemistry in 2021. Her graduate work focused on synthetic organic method development, with a focus on transition metal catalysis. Prior to Millersville, she did a postdoctoral teaching and research fellowship at Providence College where she worked with undergraduate students in the Mulcahy group on the synthesis of configurationally stable atropisomers. Additionally, she taught general chemistry and organic chemistry during her postdoc.