Mark S. Baird
Mark S. Baird was born in Wallasey, UK, in 1945. He graduated from Queen Mary College, London, UK, in 1965, and obtained a Ph.D. degree from Cambridge, Cambridge, Uk, in 1968. After working as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Fulbright Scholar at Yale, New Haven, CT, USA, he spent 20 years with the staff of Newcastle University. In 1990, he moved to Bangor, UK, as a Professor of Organic Chemistry. His research initially centred on reactive intermediates and compounds containing small carbon rings but in recent years much of his work has been in the area of cyclopropene fatty acids and, more recently, mycolic acids. His group have reported the synthesis of a range of mycolic acids corresponding to the major components present in mycobacteria, and of cord factors based on synthetic mycolic acids. In collaboration with groups in South Africa and Belgium, the roles of individual mycolic acids in the immune system and in diseases such as tuberculosis are being probed. Mark was awarded an Sc.D. degree from Cambridge in 2001, and he is an Extraordinary Professor of the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
Biography Updated on 13 December 2012