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Baiz, Carlos R.

Carlos R Baiz

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry


Phone: 512-471-6488

Office Location
WEL 3.120A

Postal Address
105 E 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

B.S. Michigan Technological University, 2002-2005

Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2006-2011

Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011-2013

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago, 2013-2015

Biophysical Chemistry of Lipids and Membrane Proteins

Research in the Baiz group focuses on describing the molecular mechanisms that determine the structure and dynamics of membrane-associated peptides and proteins. We investigate the mechanisms of protein folding, self-assembly, and function with particular interest in understanding the role of heterogeneous environments in lipid membranes. Secondary structure, folding mechanisms, and kinetics are the result of a highly-specific thermodynamic balance between hydrophobic contacts, electrostatics, and solvent-exposure, and for membrane proteins, the environment significantly increases the diversity and complexity of these interactions.

We address these challenging topics by developing new tools based on time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. More specifically, we design new applications of two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy, a technique that measures global protein structure, backbone flexibility, and solvent exposure with sub-picosecond time resolution. Experiments are supported by quantum-mechanical models of vibrational spectroscopy combined with extensive structure-based computer simulations.

Please visit our group’s website to learn more about our exciting research projects.

Please see our website for the most up-to-date publications list:


NSF CAREER Award, 2019

Teaching Excellence Award, College of Natural Sciences, UT-Austin, 2018

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 2012-2014

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2011

CH353M - Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences

CH382M - Time-dependent Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy