Olga J. Baker, DDS, PhD

Research Interests

  • Salivary Glands
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Sjogren's Syndrome


  • English
  • Spanish

Academic Information

  • Departments: Dentistry - Associate Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-1773
  • Brain Institute
    School of Dentistry
    383 Colorow Drive, Room: 289A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Central University of Venezuela
Professional Dental Central University of Venezuela

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Doctoral Training Central University of Venezuela
Ph.D. Venezuela
Professional Dental Central University of Venezuela
D.D.S. Venezuela

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Mellas RE, Leigh NJ, Nelson JW, McCall AD, Baker OJ (2015). Zonula occludens-1, occludin and E-cadherin expression and organization in salivary glands with Sjogren's syndrome. J Histochem Cytochem, 63(1), 45-56.
  2. Mellas RE, Kim H, Osinski J, Sadibasic S, Gronostajski RM, Cho M, Baker OJ (2015). NFIB regulates embryonic development of submandibular glands. J Dent Res, 94(2), 312-9.
  3. McCall AD, Baker OJ (2015). Characterization of Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis in Human Minor Salivary Glands with Sjogren's Syndrome. J Histochem Cytochem, 63(5), 340-9.
  4. Nelson JW, Leigh NJ, Mellas RE, McCall AD, Aguirre A, Baker OJ (2014). ALX/FPR2 receptor for RvD1 is expressed and functional in salivary glands. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol, 306(2), C178-85.
  5. Leigh NJ, Nelson JW, Mellas RE, Aguirre A, Baker OJ (2014). Expression of resolvin D1 biosynthetic pathways in salivary epithelium. J Dent Res, 93(3), 300-5.
  6. Baker OJ, Edgerton M, Kramer JM, Ruhl S (2014). Saliva-microbe interactions and salivary gland dysfunction. Adv Dent Res, 26(1), 7-14.
  7. Leigh NJ, Nelson JW, Mellas RE, McCall AD, Baker OJ (2014). Three-dimensional cultures of mouse submandibular and parotid glands: a comparative study.LID - 10.1002/term.1952 [doi]. (Epub ahead of print) J Tissue Eng Regen Med.
  8. Nelson J, Manzella K, Baker OJ (2013). Current cell models for bioengineering a salivary gland: a mini-review of emerging technologies. Oral Diseases, 19(3), 236-44.
  9. Keinan D, Leigh NJ, Nelson JW, De Oleo L, Baker OJ (2013). Understanding resolvin signaling pathways to improve oral health. Int J Mol Sci, 14(3), 5501-18.
  10. McCall AD, Nelson JW, Leigh NJ, Duffey ME, Lei P, Andreadis ST, Baker OJ (2013). Growth factors polymerized within fibrin hydrogel promote amylase production in parotid cells. Tissue Eng Part A, 19(19-20), 2215-25.
  11. Chinthamani S, Odusanwo O, Mondal N, Nelson J, Neelamegham S, Baker OJ (2012). Lipoxin A4 inhibits immune cell binding to salivary epithelium and vascular endothelium. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol, 302(7), C968-78.
  12. Odusanwo O, Chinthamani S, McCall A, Duffey ME, Baker OJ (2012). Resolvin D1 prevents TNF-alpha-mediated disruption of salivary epithelial formation. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol, 302(9), C1331-45.
  13. Ratchford AM, Baker OJ, Camden JM, Rikka S, Petris MJ, Seye CI, Erb L, Weisman GA (2010). P2Y2 nucleotide receptors mediate metalloprotease-dependent phosphorylation of epidermal growth factor receptor and ErbB3 in human salivary gland cells. J Biol Chem, 285(10), 7545-55.
  14. Baker OJ, Schulz DJ, Camden JM, Liao Z, Peterson TS, Seye CI, Petris MJ, Weisman GA (2010). Rat parotid gland cell differentiation in three-dimensional culture. Tissue Eng Part C Methods, 16(5), 1135-44.
  15. Perry C, Baker OJ, Reyland ME, Grichtchenko II (2009). PKC{alpha}{beta}{gamma}- and PKC{delta}-dependent endocytosis of NBCe1-A and NBCe1-B in salivary parotid acinar cells. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol, 297(6), C1409-23.
  16. Baker OJ, Camden JM, Rome DE, Seye CI, Weisman GA (2008). P2Y2 nucleotide receptor activation up-regulates vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 [corrected] expression and enhances lymphocyte adherence to a human submandibular gland cell line. Mol Immunol, 45(1), 65-75.
  17. Baker OJ, Camden JM, Redman RS, Jones JE, Seye CI, Erb L, Weisman GA (2008). Proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interferon-gamma alter tight junction structure and function in the rat parotid gland Par-C10 cell line. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol, 295(5), C1191-201.
  18. Baker OJ, Camden JM, Ratchford AM, Seye CI, Erb L, Weisman GA (2006). Differential coupling of the P2Y1 receptor to Galpha14 and Galphaq/11 proteins during the development of the rat salivary gland. Arch Oral Biol, 51(5), 359-70.


  1. Baker OJ (2010). Tight junctions in salivary epithelium. [Review]. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, 2010, 278948.