Thomas Baer

Executive Director,

Stanford Photonics Research Center

Thomas Baer is the executive director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center and a member of Stanford University’s Applied Physics Department. Prior to joining the university in 2005, Dr. Baer held several positions in industry. He founded and served as CEO and chairman of Arcturus Bioscience, which pioneered the area of microgenomics – the precise molecular analysis of microscopic tissue samples. He is an inventor of over 60 U.S. patents, his commercial products have received industry awards for design innovation, and he was named 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year for emerging companies in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Dr. Baer serves on visiting committees and advisory groups with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institutes of Health, and the Physical Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. He has held many leadership positions with the Optical Society of America (OSA), including serving on the Board of Directors from 1995-1997 and vice president in 2007. He currently serves as past president of OSA. He earned his Ph.D. in atomic physics from the University of Chicago.