Azida Walker, PhD
PhD, Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans (2003)
Personal Web Page: http://azida.h.walker.googlepages.com
- Biophysical Society
- American Physical Society
Biological Physics; Molecular Biophysics. My recent research in Molecular Biophysics involved the characterization of the biophysical properties of the Store Operated Calcium Channel (SOCE), in the Xenopus Laevis oocyte.
Azida H Walker was born in Trinidad, West Indies. She attended the St. Joseph’s Convent, a Catholic girls’ high school in St. Joseph Trinidad, before attending the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. She majored in Physics and graduated with First Class Honors. She was offered the University of the West Indies Postgraduate Fellowship award in 1994 to pursue a Masters of Philosophy degree in Physics; with an emphasis on Materials Science. After graduating, Azida taught Physics and Mathematics and St. Mary’s College, Port of Spain Trinidad before being awarded a scholarship to continue her graduate studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. It was here that she became very interested in Biological Physics. Her research as a graduate student, focused on the development of complex waveform voltage pulses using wavelet transforms to help in gaining a better understanding of the ion channel kinetics of the human heart sodium channel; a technique known as non-equilibrium response spectroscopy. After graduating, Azida accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences before joining the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Currently, Azida holds an Assistant Professor position, and aims to continue her research in understanding of ion channel kinetics of biological molecules and in the design and modification of techniques that could aid in future research. She currently lives in Little Rock with her husband James, and her children Javeed and Alana.