Originally from Cambridge, MA, Dr. Gordon Walker moved to California to attend UC Santa Cruz where he developed a passion for scuba diving and home brewing. His interest in yeast and fermentation inspired him to attend UC Davis for graduate school where his doctoral research focused on the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine production, specifically yeast physiology and metabolism as it relates to the fermentation ecology. After receiving his doctorate in Biochemistry from UC Davis, Gordon worked at Opus One Winery, isolating wild yeast for wine production and establishing redox potential as process parameter for the wine industry. Beyond his love of yeast, Gordon is an avid mycophile who runs the @fascinatedbyfungi account on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and iNaturalist. Beyond his obsession with fungi, he enjoys gardening, cooking for friends, and cats. Dr. Gordon A. Walker lives in Napa, CA and is active in the world of Bay Area biotechnology and innovation.
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