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William B. Walker III

As a researcher I have 8 years of professional experience with expertise in molecular biology, including 4 years with genomics/transcriptomics bioinformatics-based data analysis. I have authored or co-authored 22 peer reviewed scientific articles. I am currently working as a transcriptomics and molecular biology research leader, managing my own projects as well as supervising several colleagues.


Research Methodology Expertise/Skills

• Whole Transcriptome Shotgun Sequencing (RNA-Seq), bioinformatics analyses of whole transcriptome data, qualitative and quantitative analysis of large data sets, Unix/Command Line programming, R programming

• Molecular cloning, DNA/RNA extraction/purification, end-point PCR, quantitative real-time PCR, RNA interference, fluorescent in situ hybridization and immunocytochemistry, molecular evolution/phylogenetics

• Antennal electrophysiology (EAG and SSR), plant volatile headspace extraction, insect behavioral bioassay


Scientific Researcher

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden

01/2016 – Current


Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany

03/2013 – 12/2015


Postdoctoral Researcher

Lund University, Lund, Sweden

03/2012 – 02/2013


Postdoctoral Researcher

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden

03/2010 – 02/2012


Postdoctoral Researcher

United States Department of Agriculture, Stoneville Mississippi, USA

4/2008 – 02/2010


Ph.D. Research Trainee

Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, USA

05/2003 - 04/2008


Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Neuroscience, 2008

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA


Bachelors of Science. in Zoology (Concentration in Genetics), 2002

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Selected publications

1) Walker III, W.B., Gonzalez, F., Garczynski, S.F., Witzgall, P. (2016). “The chemosensory receptors of codling moth Cydia pomonella – expression in larvae and adults. Scientific Reports. 6, 23518.

2) Gonzalez, F., Witzgall, P., Walker III, W.B. (2016). “Protocol for heterologous expression of insect odourant receptors in Drosophila.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 4: 24.

3) Zhang, J., Walker, W.B., Wang, G. (2015) “Pheromone Reception in Moth: from molecules to behaviors.” Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science: Molecular Basis of Olfaction. 130: 109-128.

4) Roy, A., Walker III, W.B., Vogel H., Chattington, S., Larsson, M., Anderson, P., Heckel, D., Schlyter, F. (2016). "Diet dependent metabolic responses in three generalist insect herbivores Spodoptera spp.” Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 71: 91-105.

5) Bengtsson, J.M., Gonzalez, F., Cattaneo, A.M., Montagné, N., Walker, W.B., Bengtsson, M., Anfora, G., Ignell, R., Jacquin-Joly, E., Witzgall, P. (2014). “A predicted sex pheromone receptor of codling moth Cydia pomonella detects the plant volatile pear ester.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 2: 33. 

6) Allen, M.L., Walker III, W.B. (2011). “Saliva of Lygus lineolaris digests double stranded ribonucleic acids.” Journal of Insect Physiology. 58(3): 391-396.

7) Walker III, W.B., Allen, M.L. (2011). “RNA interference mediated knockdown of IAP1 in Lygus lineolaris induces mortality in adult and pre-adult stages.” Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 138(2): 83-92. 

8) Walker, W. B., Allen, M.L. (2010). Expression and RNA interference of salivary polygalacturonase genes in Lygus lineolaris (Miridae: Hemiptera). Journal of Insect Science. 10:.). 

9) Walker III, W.B., Jacquin-Joly, E., Hill, S.R. (2016). “Editorial: Functional Characterization of Insect Chemoreceptors: Receptivity Range and Expression.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 4:37.


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