Wendy E. Walker, Ph.D., was recently appointed as assistant professor in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Center of Excellence in Infectious Diseases. Walker completed her BSc and Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh and subsequent postdoctoral training at Yale University. Her research investigates how innate immune pathways and physiological processes contribute to sepsis: a disease where an overwhelming infection causes a systemic inflammatory response that is detrimental to the host. In a separate project, Dr. Walker is investigating a rare group of individuals called HIV elite controllers. These patients have HIV but are able to naturally control the virus and resist progression to AIDS without taking medicine. Walker was awarded an R21 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and a Research Fellowship for Early Career Investigators from the Shock Society to support these studies.