Baust's research focuses on responses to low temperature exposure elicited by mammalian cell, tissue and organ systems and is divided into two parts: the first is centered on the mechanisms of cell destruction in support of innovative cancer therapeutics (cryosurgery) and the second concerns strategies of avoidance of cellular damage following hypothermic and freezing exposure (cell and tissue preservation). These studies find particular relevance in cancer therapy, tissue engineering and cell therapies. Both projects depend heavily on cellular and molecular techniques with the goal of direct clinical translation.
- PhD, University of Alaska at Fairbanks
- BA, State University of New York at Fredonia
- Cellular mechanism of response to low temperature and survival at extremes
- Mechanisms of cryopreservation of mammalian tissues