Dr. Richard F. Walker, Ph.D, R.Ph received a BS in pharmacy, and doctorate in a physiology at Rutgers University. Prior his doctrate, he received his masters in biochemistry at New Mexico State University. He completed an internship in neuroanatomy/electrophysiology at Emory University College of Medicine, and postdoctoral fellowships in neuroendocrinology at Duke University College of Medicine (Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development) and in neuropharmacology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Walker held tenured faculty positions at Clemson University (Department of Zoology) and at the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine (Department of Anatomy and Molecular Biology/Sanders-Brown Research Center on Aging).
He left academia for a brief hiatus in the pharmaceutical industry serving as Director of Toxicology at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceutical Corp. At the same time he was also a research professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and later at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. In addition to his research duties at USF, Dr. Walker served as Director for Research Compliance and also Director of USF CARES (Clinical Alliance for Research, Education and Service). He has been the recipient of many federal (NSF, NIH, DOD), state and local research grants and has published extensively in his field of interest which is primarily directed towards understanding the cause of senescence and treating functional deficits associated with organismal aging.
Dr. Walker is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Interventions in Aging, a source of evidence-based information for practitioners of age-management medicine published by Dove Medical Press, Auckland and London. He has also written a book “Why We Age: Insight into the cause of growing old”. He is partner in ProSoma LLC which manufactures and distributes anti-aging products, and heads a private consulting company offering regulatory and scientific services to physicians and other health-care professionals.