Linda Baum, PhD

Integrated Biomedical Sciences, Graduate College
Role: Researcher and Administrator (Program Director for Integrated Biomedical Sciences)
Joined Rush in 1978


I completed my undergraduate degree at Kansas University in 1971, my PhD at Michigan State in 1976, and my post doctoral work at the University of Alberta, EdmontonAlberta in 1978. I became Assistant Professor of Immunology, at Rush in 1978. I also worked for many years at Rosalind Franklin University until I returned to Rush where I served as Co-Director of the Chicago Center For AIDS Research.

What inspired you to get into your field?
My interest in immunology.
What excited you about your work at Rush?
The excitement of discovery that comes with doing original research is what I love about my work at Rush. I also love he joy of training graduate students.
What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.
Having a mentor is critical. Have more than one for different things.
Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?
Do what you love. Work hard but don’t forget about the importance of work/life balance.
What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?
I enjoy reading, knitting, beading, and spending time with kids and grandkids.