Robert C. Walker, Jr., Ph.D., joined the NIAMS IRP as the Scientific Operations Officer in 2013 and transitioned to Chief, Career Development and Outreach Branch (CDOB) in 2014. Before his current appointment, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/NIH studying the pathogenesis of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1), elucidating novel molecular mechanisms of the HIV Virion Infectivity Factor as a target for antiviral therapy. Robert then completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in the NIAID Office of Technology Transfer, protecting intellectual property through establishing and protecting patents, negotiating commercial licenses, and managing the transfer of research materials.
Before coming to the NIH, he received his B.S. in Biology from Rust College (Holly Springs, MS) in 2001 and his Ph.D. from Meharry Medical College, School of Graduate Studies and Research (Nashville, TN) in 2007.
In his current role, Dr. Walker leads major components of the NIAMS Intramural Research Program including: (1) managing the research training portfolio for trainees (clinical fellows, research fellows, post-doctoral fellows, pre-doctoral fellows, post-baccalaureate fellows, and summer interns); (2) establishing outreach initiatives to recruit competitive trainees from underrepresented populations in the biomedical sciences and developing programming to enhance diversity and inclusion at the NIH; (3) managing technology transfer activities and the intellectual portfolio (patents, licenses, and collaborative research and development agreements).