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Dr Thomas Walker

My research

I research novel methods of control for arboviral diseases such as dengue and Japanese encephalitis using the endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia to reduce the transmission of viruses in  mosquitoes.

My journey

I met my now wife at Imperial 15 years ago while doing an undergraduate degree and we have lived in various UK cities. After we both finished our PhDs at Oxford, we moved to Australia.  As my wife works in academia, our career decisions have often included compromises to balance work and family life.  We returned to the UK in 2013 and we commute into central London. We have a very active two-year-old son so working days can be tiring! Although I enjoy academic life, trying to ensure I spent time with my family without affecting my research is difficult.

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