Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Dr Ken Baker


Dr Ken F Baker, PhD, MRes, BA(Hons), BMBCh, MRCP(UK), PGCert(Med Ed) 

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology


Ken studied Medicine at Oxford University including an intercalated BA in Medical Sciences. Following graduation in 2008, he completed his Foundation and Core Medical Training in Oxford and Yorkshire. He was awarded membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2011, and moved to Newcastle in the following year to start Specialist Registrar training in Rheumatology. In 2013 he was awarded a 4 year Clinical Research Fellowship in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics by the Wellcome Trust and Newcastle University. In September 2014 he was awarded a Master of Research (MRes) degree, and in 2018 he was awarded a PhD (Newcastle University) for his work in identifying predictors of drug-free remission in rheumatoid arthritis. He is currently an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology working within the Musculoskeletal Research Group at Newcastle University.


My research aims to better understand the balance between sustained remission and disease flare in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. By studying this, I hope to be able to identify biomarkers that can predict drug-free remission and flare, which may help to both guide current drug therapy and shed light on possible future pathways of arthritis treatment.