- Adjunct Associate Research Professor, Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention
Dr. Walton’s interest in research on “the chemistry of life” began in high school. He went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry at the University of Georgia where he developed an interest in the chemistry of brain function.
In 1970 he completed doctoral training in Molecular Biology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (Major Advisor, Sidney Fleischer) investigating the relationship between energized transport and morphological changes in mitochondria. This was followed by postdoctoral training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience in the laboratory of Paul Greengard, Department of Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine. This research training focused on the mechanism of effects of hormones on transport of ions across biological membranes. His second postdoctoral training experience, in Psychobiology, mentored by Ross Baldessarini at the Psychiatric Research Laboratories, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, focused on possible relations between neurotransmitter-stimulated cyclic-AMP generation, functional neural development, and psychiatric health.
Before joining the faculty of Maharishi International University in 1979, Dr. Walton was Instructor in Psychobiology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Cell Biology Laboratory at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts. Research during these years involved the development of cyclic nucleotide mediated functions in brain tissue from fetal rodents and in brain cell cultures derived from the fetal rodent brain.
At MIU, Dr. Walton established the Neurochemistry Laboratory and was founding chairman of the Department of Chemistry. Research in the Neurochemistry Laboratory centered on changes in hormones and neurotransmitter metabolites related to stress and on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on these changes. Some of these hormonal changes relate to risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
In 2000, Dr. Walton joined the Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention at MIU and fulfilled a five-year program as Senior Postdoctoral Researcher focusing on clinical studies of components of Maharishi Ayurveda for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Dr. Walton is currently Associate Research Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Physiology and Health at MIU where he advises graduate dissertation research, and Senior Investigator in the Institute for Prevention Research. His latest focus is on metabolic effects of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs and on gene expression effects related to aging, stress, and disease. Dr. Walton lists over 100 scientific publications and presentations.