Dr Thomas Walker BSc MSc DPhil
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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.
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:
- Disease control
- Vector control
- Molecular biology
- Vector biology
Disease and Health Conditions
- Emerging Infectious Disease
- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
- Vector borne disease
- Zoonotic disease
- Caribbean small states
- Euro area
- Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
- South Asia
- Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
- St. Lucia
- Japanese Encephalitis
Zika virus outbreak in the Americas: the need for novel mosquito control methods.
Yakob, L. ; Walker, T. ;
Lancet Glob Health, 2016;
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, 2016; 12(2):e1005434
The Potential Use of Wolbachia-Based Mosquito Biocontrol Strategies for Japanese Encephalitis.
Jeffries, C.L. ; Walker, T. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 2015; 9(6):e0003576
Biological control of dengue and Wolbachia-based strategies
Frentiu, F.; Walker, T.; O'Neill, S.; Gubler, D.; Ooi, E.; Vasudevan, S.; Farrar, J.
in 'Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever' Gubler, Duane J; Eong Ooi, Eng; Subhash Subhashvan, Vasudevan; Farrar, Jeremy(2014) CABI :537-547
Wolbachia and the biological control of mosquito-borne disease.
Iturbe-Ormaetxe, I. ; Walker, T. ; O' Neill, S.L. ;
EMBO Rep, 2011; 12(6):508-18
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, 2011; 476(7361):450-3
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, 2007; 5:39
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, 2005; 436(7048):257-60
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