Richard I. Walker
Director Enteric Vaccine Initiative
Vaccine Development Global Program PATH
455 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 1000
WASHINGTON, DC 20001, USA
Dr. Walker served as a microbiologist in the Navy for 23 years during which he studied opportunistic infections, mucosal immunization and enteric infections. His military assignments included the Radiological Defense Laboratory (San Francisco), the Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 (Taipei, Taiwan), and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) and Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI) (both in Bethesda). During his second tour at AFRRI, he served as Deputy Director and, later, Scientific Director of the Institute. At NMRI he was Director of the Infectious Diseases Department. Upon retirement as a Captain in the Navy, Dr. Walker worked at National Vaccine Program Office, Antex Biologics and at the FDA where he was Director of the Division of Bacterial Parasitic and Allergenic Products. Currently he is Director of the Enteric Vaccine Initiative (EVI) at PATH located in Washington DC. The EVI’s goal is to develop vaccines against ETEC and Shigella for use in infants in developing countries. He has published over 150 research articles, and holds 7 issued patents for his work in enteric vaccine development.