Sheila Baker is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and a member of the Wynn Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa. Her research seeks to unravel the dynamic molecular architecture of photoreceptors – the neurons in the eye responsible for capturing photons, thereby serving as the very first step in seeing. She seeks to better understand how photoreceptors work when they are healthy, and discover just what goes wrong in disease, with the goal of finding future cures for blindness. Her hobbies include pottery, creative writing, and watching the weeds envelope her flower garden. She has served on the University Lecture Committee since 2015, and is particularly passionate about exploring the innovation that arises from using the combined strengths of artistic expression and scientific inquiry.