Berkley Walker

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Berkley Walker was a postdoctoral researcher for the RIPE project at the University of Illinois. He went on to become a postdoctoral fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf. During his time working on the RIPE project, his research focused on photorespiration, which is a process of recycling toxic compounds produced in plants.

He received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University and went on to earn his doctorate in molecular plant sciences from Washington State University. He served as chair of the postdoctoral annual meeting for the RIPE project and is the chair of the 2017 Gordon Research Symposium “CO2 assimilation in Plants.” His work has been published in prestigious journals including: Plant Physiology, Annual Review of Plant Biology, and Plant, Cell & Environment. To improve science communication, Berkley founded Sounds of Science, a collaboration between plant scientists and composers to produce original works of music based on primary research data.