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Profession

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ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biology Professor
Molecular Biologist

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Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Interesting Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/13/1954
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biology Professor
Molecular Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Interesting Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/13/1954
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Molecular biologist and biology professor William Walden was born in 1954 in Washington, D.C. to George Ray Walden and Erma Lucille Walden. After graduating from Suitland High School in 1972, he received his B.S. degree in biology from Morgan State University in 1976. During college, Walden worked as a research assistant for the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Baltimore Cancer Research Program. Walden went on to earn his Ph.D. degree in molecular biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983. His final dissertation was entitled," mRNA Competition in vivo."

In 1987, Walden started his over twenty-year career at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an assistant professor in the College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He was a recipient of the Schweppe Foundation Career Development award from 1988 to 1991. In 1992, Walden was promoted to associate professor and associate department head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He began working with the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) in 1994, where he chaired the steering committee. Since 2004, Walden has held the position of full professor. In 2006 and 2007, he served as co-chair of the Campus Promotion and Tenure Committee. Walden was a fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation-Academic Leadership Program from 2006 to 2007, which mentors administrators for higher leadership opportunities. Since 2006, he has served as director of the Office of Graduate Diversity Programs, which works to increase the number of underrepresented students who successfully earn a Ph.D. degree in the College of Medicine. In 2007, Walden became the Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity. His research focuses on cellular iron regulation and iron-related gene expression in eukaryotes. Walden has published numerous scientific research articles including his 2006 paper, "Structure of Dual Function Iron Regulatory Protein 1 Complexed with Ferritin IRE-RNA," which was published in the journal, Science .

In addition to his research, Walden has mentored many graduate researchers, and has served on NIH grant review panels and as a peer reviewer for top scientific journals including, Science, EMBO Journal, Blood, and Journal of Biological Chemistry . William Walden lives in Oak Park, Illinois and has two adult children, William A. Walden and Michael D. Walden.

William Walden was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 21, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Walden talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Walden discusses his paternal family's way of life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Walden explains his paternal family's influence in the church
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Walden explains his father's experience in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William Walden discusses his father's return from Navy service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Walden describes how his parents met in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Walden describes his parents' personalities and his mother's dedication to her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Walden talks about his siblings and describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Walden reflects upon his father's character and disposition
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Walden talks about his elementary school experience in Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Walden describes his first exposure to science and the natural world
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Walden talks about his interests as a high school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Walden describes his experience with integration in junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Walden describes his introduction to running the 400 meter race on the junior high school track team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Walden talks about his experience on the high school track team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Walden talks about his childhood scientific influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Walden discusses the scientific views of his parents, friends, and the church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Walden talks about his social experience in high school and applying to college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Walden talks about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his high school black student union
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Walden describes his experience at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Walden describes his interest in biology at Morgan State University and the National Institutes of Health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Walden describes his general chemistry professor at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Walden talks about cafeteria food and religious discourse at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Walden talks about his history class at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Walden describes his decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree after college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Walden describes his decision to attend Washington University in St. Louis for graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Walden describes the flexibility of his graduate program at Washington University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Walden describes his interest in the control of iron metabolism by cells
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Walden describes the cellular response to a surplus of iron
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Walden discusses iron deficiency and nutrition - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Walden discusses iron deficiency and nutrition - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Walden describes his Ph.D. dissertation research on the rate of protein synthesis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Walden describes the significance of his Ph.D. dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Walden describes his decision to work at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Walden talks about balancing his research and teaching responsibilities at the University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William Walden talks about the future of his research on the regulation of iron metabolism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William Walden relates his involvement in studying the role of metals in human health
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - William Walden discusses the metal silver as a health food fad
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - William Walden talks about his research on a national level
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - William Walden discusses the challenges of funding research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - William Walden talks about his involvement in university administration and diversity development - part one
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - William Walden shares his love for the city of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - William Walden talks about his involvement in university administration and diversity development - part 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - William Walden talks about the leaders in the field of cellular iron metabolism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - William Walden talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - William Walden reflects on his legacy and his life choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - William Walden talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - William Walden talks about his membership on the Molecular Cellular Hematology Review Committee
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - William Walden reflects on the supportive nature of his parents
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - William Walden recalls his brother-in-law as a mentor during graduate school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - William Walden shares his interest in golf and how he would like to be remembered