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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 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.   

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Teaching

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.  

Research

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

http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=zZz64oYAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Area
Bacteria
Insects
Parasites
Viruses
Disease control
Vector control
Discipline
Molecular biology
Vector biology
Virology
Entomology
Disease and Health Conditions
Dengue
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
Country
Albania
Bangladesh
Brazil
Greece
India
St. Lucia
Madagascar
Region
Caribbean small states
Euro area
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Establishment of a Wolbachia Superinfection in Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes as a Potential Approach for Future Resistance Management.
Joubert, D.A. ; Walker, T. ; Carrington, L.B. ; De Bruyne, J.T. ; Kien, D.H. ; Hoang, N.l.e. .T. ; Chau, N.V. ; Iturbe-Ormaetxe, I. ; Simmons, C.P. ; O'Neill, S.L. ;
PLoS Pathog
Biological control of dengue and Wolbachia-based strategies
Frentiu, F.; Walker, T.; O'Neill, S.; Gubler, D.; Ooi, E.; Vasudevan, S.; Farrar, J.
Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever
Wolbachia and the biological control of mosquito-borne disease.
Iturbe-Ormaetxe, I. ; Walker, T. ; O' Neill, S.L. ;
EMBO Rep
The wMel Wolbachia strain blocks dengue and invades caged Aedes aegypti populations.
Walker, T. ; Johnson, P.H. ; Moreira, L.A. ; Iturbe-Ormaetxe, I. ; Frentiu, F.D. ; McMeniman, C.J. ; Leong, Y.S. ; Dong, Y. ; Axford, J. ; Kriesner, P. ; Lloyd, A.L. ; Ritchie, S.A. ; O'Neill, S.L. ; Hoffmann, A.A. ;
Nature
Ankyrin repeat domain-encoding genes in the wPip strain of Wolbachia from the Culex pipiens group.
Walker, T. ; Klasson, L. ; Sebaihia, M. ; Sanders, M.J. ; Thomson, N.R. ; Parkhill, J. ; Sinkins, S.P. ;
BMC Biol
Wolbachia variability and host effects on crossing type in Culex mosquitoes.
Sinkins, S.P. ; Walker, T. ; Lynd, A.R. ; Steven, A.R. ; Makepeace, B.L. ; Godfray, H.C. ; Parkhill, J. ;
Nature
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