Lindsay Baker, PhD, FACSM

Director, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Life Sciences, Pepsico R&D

Lindsay Baker, PhD is the Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute’s (GSSI) Clinical Research Headquarters in Valhalla, NY, where she is responsible for research on hydration and nutrition.  Since joining GSSI in 2007, Dr. Baker has specialized in fluid replacement beverages for athletes and studies the effects of hydration on thermoregulation, sport/exercise performance, and cognitive function. Another one of her research areas of interest includes techniques for assessing sweat composition and hydration in athletes. Dr. Baker became a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2017. In 2018 Dr. Baker was selected into the PepsiCo R&D Research Fellows Program.

Dr. Baker has authored over 50 publications in sports hydration and nutrition, including peer-reviewed manuscripts and invited reviews and book chapters.  Notable publications include a 2014 invited review paper in Comprehensive Physiology titled “Optimal Composition of Fluid-Replacement Beverages”, a chapter in the 2016 textbook “Fluid Balance, Hydration and Athletic Performance”, and several invited review papers on the topics of the Physiology of Sweat Gland Function and Sweat Testing Best Practices.

In 2002, Dr. Baker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where she competed on the basketball, track, and cross-country teams. She graduated from Penn State University in 2008 with a doctorate in Kinesiology. While at Penn State, she conducted hydration and thermoregulation research at Noll Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. W. Larry Kenney.

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