Director, National Center for Natural Products ResearchResearch Professor of PharmacologyMolecular Cancer TherapeuticsAssociate Director for Basic Research, Oxford CampusPhD, Pharmacology, 1979, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TNPostdoc, 1979-81, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NHPostdoc, 1979, Bosch Institute for Klin. Pharmakologie, Stuttgart, Germany
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Dr. Walker is the director of the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at The University of Mississippi (UM). In 1987 he was tapped to lead a natural products discovery biological screening program at UM, and this unit was transferred to form the core of the discovery operation when the NCNPR opened in 1995. At that time he assumed responsibilities as Associate Director of NCNPR, and in 2001, he was named Director. He is thus currently responsible for overall scientific direction of a multidisciplinary program (chemistry, biochemistry, botany, microbiology, cell biology, pharmacology/toxicology), with a current staff of 85 (35 PhD level research scientists and faculty). He maintains an active research program in the discovery of natural products and mechanisms of action, and in the development of the 8-aminoquinoline anti-infectives, probing their pharmacology, bioactivation, pharmacokinetics, and toxicity issues. The discovery efforts of the NCNPR have recently been expanded to include pathways/targets relevant to cancer. In 2008/9, Dr. Walker served on the steering committee for the UM Medical Center Cancer Institute and participated in the search for selection of a new director. In 2010 he was named Associate Director for Basic Science (Oxford campus) for the Cancer Institute, and in early 2011, a Cancer Drug Discovery Core was established at the NCNPR.
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