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Dr. Arielle Baker

Director of Fellowship Affairs and Lifelong Community

As Director of Fellowship Affairs and Lifelong Community, Arielle (they/them) is responsible for the development and delivery of planning to support Fellows in their Placements, as well as the successful growth of Schmidt Science Fellows’ lifelong community of Senior Fellows.

Arielle leads the planning and implementation of initiatives to engage and support Senior Fellows throughout their professional journeys, fostering a strong sense of community, and leveraging their expertise for the benefit of the broader scientific community. They lead on delivering a mentoring program and other support to ensure every Fellow can maximize the potential of their professional development and interdisciplinary science.

Prior to Schmidt Science Fellows in 2022, Arielle was a Program Officer at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In this role, they managed projects related to creating a more equitable and inclusive academic ecosystem, including a multi-year initiative supporting higher education institutions implementing evidence-based practices for addressing sexual harassment and a consensus study report on addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM).

Arielle holds a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from Dartmouth College, where they used electrophysiological approaches to examine the connectivity and modulation of cortical circuitry.