Michelle Walker, PhD
Faculty Mentor

Michelle Walker, PhD

Michelle Walker, Ph.D.
Peer Mentor since 2003 

Dr. Michelle D. Walker earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Hampton University, and completed her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Florida A&M University in the College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003.  The title of her dissertation is “The Neuromodulatory Effects of Neuropeptide FF (NPFF) on the Response of Chronic Morphine Administration In Vivo and In Vitro”.  During her post-doctoral training, in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee at Memphis Health Sciences Center, she conducted research in the area of phospholipid signal transduction. She also had the opportunity to mentor a summer undergraduate student for the Memphis McNair Research Program.  She has served as a peer mentor for the MARC program at four previous Experimental Biology meetings. Dr. Walker succeeded in obtaining several travel awards, sponsored by APS, ASPET, and NIDA, to attend national scientific meetings where she presented her research. She is also a member of several scientific societies, including The American Physiological Society, American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the New York Academies of Science. She is currently working as a Pharmacologist at the Drug Enforcement Administration in Arlington, Virginia.


Mentor's Motivational Message


Contact Information

Affiliation:  Pharmacologist

 US Department of Justice 
 Drug Enforcement Administration
 Arlington, VA

Phone:  N/A
Fax:  N/A
Email:  Michelle.Walker.PhD
FASEB Society Member:  ASPET, APS
Scientific Discipline:  Pharmacology
ABRCMS 2011 Mentor:  Not Attending Meeting/Schedule Conflict












Breaking the Ice - Michelle's "Q&A"

 On what basis do you select your friends? Why?

 I tend to form friendships with people who are trustworthy and very down-to-earth.  I have to surround myself with people who I know for sure that have my back in any situation, because I expect the same of myself when dealing with people about which I care.

 What is the greatest value that guides your life? Why?

 That family and friends are my support and cornerstone.  Without their support and love, I would not be the person that I am today.

 Choose a word that best describes your life up to this moment? Why?

 Blessed.  I have been very blessed with a loving and supportive family and I have been able to attract to myself people who have been great advocates and mentors for me during my adult life.

 What do people like the best about you?

 The thing that I hear most often is that I am "real" and down-to-earth.  I present who I am to people without any pretense or facades.

 What skill do you need in order to succeed. Why?

 You should able to be flexible enough to transfer your skills and training to any job and life situation.  For example, my undergraduate degree is chemistry, and though I am not a chemist in my career, I use my critical thinking and problems-solving skills to help me in my current job.

 What makes you most secure?

 That I can conquer challenges that are set before me, whether they are within my comfort zone or not.

 What institution is in most need of change? Why?

 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS.)  HBCUs have not conformed to the 21st century and that 20th century way of thinking is going to cause them to be buried in the academic graveyard.

 Choose a word to describe a sunset? Why?

 Conclusion.  I feel that the day is finishing along with all of the events and issues of that day are going to rest until tomorrow when a new beginning will occur.

 What is the craziest (stupidest) thing you have ever done?

 I accepted the first post-doc position for which I interviewed before interviewing with other labs.  (Pay attention, PhD students!  )

 What is your favorite animal?

 Dogs.  They are the best, most lovable animals!