He received his BS in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2002. After completing a Master of Science degree at Tarleton State University in 2004, he began his doctoral work at Kansas State University in the Animal Sciences and Industry department. This was completed in 2008 (thesis title: Effect of Ractopamine on Growth in Cattle).
In 2008, Dr. Walker started a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida in the department of Animal Sciences where his research focus was 1) the development of a skeletal muscle satellite cell isolation protocol and 2) the identification of sub-populations of cells within the skeletal muscle satellite cells niche. In 2010, he began a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in a human muscle biology laboratory, where his research focus included understanding the sensitivity of skeletal muscle cells to nutrition and resistance exercise and also determining the impact of amino acid nutrition and exercise on protein metabolism in young and older adults. In October 2012, Dr. Walker was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. Please click here for Dr. Walker’s publications.