Paul Baker

Paul T. Baker, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Physics
Media Expertise:
  • Science & Environment

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Physics (2013)
    Montana State University (MT)
  • MS, Physics (2008)
    Montana State University (MT)
  • BA, Physics (2006)
    Reed College (OR)

About Me

I'm a physicist interested detecting and characterizing gravitational waves.  My data analysis research combines methods from physics, astronomy, computing, and statistics.

Research Interests

My research interests include gravitational wave data analysis, Bayesian statistical techniques, astrophysics, astrostatistics, and general relativity.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational waves (NANOGrav)
  • International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA)
  • American Physical Society
  • American Astronomical Society


  • Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, (2016)