Dr. Walker is a cardiovascular scientist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado. Dr. Walker has expertise in vascular and cardiac muscle mechanics and the biochemistry of cardiovascular pathologies. She has a history of successful funding through the NIH and other agencies including the American Heart Association, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Center for Women’s Health. With over 50 publications, she has a published track record investigating molecular regulation of cardiac signaling changes with health and disease. Recently, she has begun to focus efforts on delineating the direct effects of cannabinoid receptor stimulation on vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle. Further, efforts are being made to determine the cardiovascular effects of marijuana use in healthy adults and in patients with cardiac disease.