Dr. Walker studies neural signaling mechanisms influenced by changes in dopamine transmission. Current experiments utilize transgenic mice engineered for inducible and cell-specific transgene expression. Dr. Walker also teaches gross anatomy and neuroanatomy to first year medical students and serves as graduate director of the Anatomy & Cell Biology Ph.D. Program. He obtained his BS in Biology from Albright College in 1983, Ph.D. in Anatomy from Temple University in 1987, and performed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Dr. Walker has been a faculty member at Wayne State since 1990.
Research Educator, Full time, PhD, Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience
Wayne State University Career Development Chair Award (1997-1998)
WSU School of Medicine College Teaching Award (1997, 2000, 2007)
1. Yao F, Walker PD, MacKenzie, RG. 2013. A Tet-On System for DRD1-expressing cells. PLoS One 8, e72681.
2. Walker PD, Jarosz PA, Bouhamdan M, MacKenzie RG. 2015. Effects of gender on locomotor sensitivity to amphetamine, body weight, and fat mass in Regulator of G Protein Signaling 9 (RGS9) knockout mice. Physiol Behav. 138: 305-312.