Professor Baird is the head of Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit, one of ALERTAsia main partners. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Science in Biochemistry from University of Maryland, USA. He also earned a Ph.D in Medical Parasitology from Tulane University, USA.
He is the Professor of Malariology at University of Oxford, UK. He served for 22 years in the US Navy Medical Service Corps as Microbiologist specializing in research on malaria prevention, control, treatment, epidemiology, and immunology.
He received several awards and medals for his service in the US Navy and for his dedication in science, including Navy Commendation Medal (1996, 2005) and Navy Meritorious Service Medal (1999, 2003, 2005). He has published more than 130 research articles, and numerous textbook chapters and review papers, and 3 books.