Susan Walker

Assistant Professor

Biology

About

Dr. Susan Walker teaches courses in Introductory Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology.  Prior to joining HCC in 2018, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute on Aging/NIH, where her research focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms involved in type 2 diabetes.  As an assistant professor, Dr. Walker is interested in exploring ways to engage students in the classroom and incorporate undergraduate research experiences to pass on her passion for science to her students.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University 
  • M.S. in Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University 
  • B.S. in Biology, The Pennsylvania State University 

Research Interests

  • Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs)
  • Molecular endocrinology

Scholarly/Creative Work

González-Mariscal I, Montoro RA, Doyle ME, Liu QR, Rouse M, O'Connell JF, Santa-Cruz Calvo S, Krzysik-Walker SM, Ghosh S, Carlson OD, Lehrmann E, Zhang Y, Becker KG, Chia CW, Ghosh P, Egan JM (2018) Absence of cannabinoid 1 receptor in beta cells protects against high-fat/high-sugar diet-induced beta cell dysfunction and inflammation in murine islets. Diabetologia. 61(6):1470-1483.

Krzysik-Walker SM, González-Mariscal I, Scheibye-Knudsen M, Indig FE, Bernier M (2013) The biarylpyrazole compound AM251 alters mitochondrial physiology via proteolytic degradation of ERRα. Molecular Pharmacology. 83(1):157-66.

Krzysik-Walker SM, Hadley JA, Pesall JE, McFarland
DC, Vasilatos-Younken R, Ramachandran R. (2011). Nampt/visfatin/PBEF affects expression of myogenic regulatory factors and is regulated by interleukin-6 in chicken skeletal muscle cells. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology. 159(4):413-21.

Courses Taught

  • BIO 119- Biology for Allied Health Professionals
  • Bio 203- Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 204- Anatomy and Physiology II

Programs

  • Co-PI, NSF BIOTECH Pathways