Dr Adam Walker

Ross Maclean Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute


Dr Adam Walker received his BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Tasmania, and PhD in Neuroscience from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of motor neuron disease (MND). He undertook a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Virginia Lee at the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, University of Pennsylvania (2011-2015), developing new transgenic TDP-43 mouse models of disease. Dr Walker was previously an NHMRC CJ Martin Overseas Biomedical Research Fellow and was awarded an NHMRC RD Wright Career Development Fellowship (2018-2022), to continue his research on neurodegenerative diseases. His research has been supported by fellowships and project grants from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation, Dementia Australia, Motor Neuron Disease Research Institute of Australia, MonSTaR Foundation and the Cure for MND Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Motor neuron disease (MND)/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    Molecular mechanisms of disease and pre-clinical studies in model systems.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne


  • Hedl, Thomas J., San Gil, Rebecca, Cheng, Flora, Rayner, Stephanie L., Davidson, Jennilee M., De Luca, Alana, Villalva, Maria D., Ecroyd, Heath, Walker, Adam K. and Lee, Albert (2019) Proteomics approaches for biomarker and drug target discovery in ALS and FTD. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13 548. doi:10.3389/fnins.2019.00548

  • Wang, Guoying, Fu, Libing, Walker, Adam, Chen, Xianfeng, Lovejoy, David B., Hao, Mingcong, Lee, Albert, Chung, Roger, Rizos, Helen, Irvine, Mal, Zheng, Meng, Liu, Xiuhua, Lu, Yiqing and Shi, Bingyang (2019) Label-free fluorescent poly(amidoamine) dendrimer for traceable and controlled drug delivery. Biomacromolecules, 20 5: 2148-2158. doi:10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00494

  • Berning, Britt A. and Walker, Adam K. (2019) The Pathobiology of TDP-43 C-Terminal Fragments in ALS and FTLD. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13 APR: 335. doi:10.3389/fnins.2019.00335

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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