Bill J. Baker is a professor of chemistry and director of University of South Florida's Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation in Tampa. He earned a BS in chemistry from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, and his PhD from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Baker conducted postdoctoral research with Ron Parry at Rice University and Carl Djerassi at Stanford University. He is currently visiting Beaufort professor of marine biodiscovery at the National University of Ireland Galway. His research interests in marine natural product chemistry have taken him all over the globe, including 12 field seasons of research in Antarctica.