Dr Thomas Walker BSc MSc DPhil

Assistant Professor Sir Henry Dale Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Fellow


Tom is interested in novel methods of control for arboviral diseases such as dengue and Japanese encephalitis and joined the Department of Disease Control in Feb 2014.  Tom was awarded a Sir Henry Dale Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Fellowship (2014-2019) in addition to the Wellcome-Beit Prize.  His fellowship research aims to use the endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia to reduce the transmission of Japanese encephalitis virus in Culex mosquitoes.  Tom previously held Research fellow positions at Monash University and the University of Queensland in Australia in which he was working on the eliminate dengue project (www.eliminatedengue.com).  Tom obtained a Dphil from the University of Oxford, MSc (Distinction) Biology and Control of Disease Vectors from LSHTM and BSc Biology from Imperial College.   




Tom lectures and runs practicals and is a member of the exam board for the MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control and MSc Medical Parasitology courses.  Tom is co-organiser of module 3141 (Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination) and supervises MSc student projects and PhD students.  


Tom's research output can be viewed on google scholar:


Research areas

  • Bacteria
  • Disease control
  • Insects
  • Parasites
  • Vector control
  • Viruses


  • Entomology
  • Molecular biology
  • Vector biology
  • Virology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Dengue
  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Vector borne disease
  • Zoonotic disease


  • Caribbean small states
  • Euro area
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • Albania
  • Bangladesh
  • Greece
  • India
  • Madagascar

Other interests

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Wolbachia
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