Zakiya Nicole Whatley

Dr. Whatley presently is the Derrick K. Gondwe Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Gettysburg College. She earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics at Duke University and her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Hampton University. Her previous work focused on the role of the epsilon subunit of Escherichia coli DNA Polymerase III in response to the quinolone class of antibiotics. At Gettysburg College, her research with students focuses on the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and biofilm development. Zakiya teaches Introductory Biology, Microbiology, and The Fault in Our Genomes, a new first year seminar about personal genetics. She leads the Gettysburg College HHMI Peer Science Mentor Program, training student teaching assistants for courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Dr. Whatley will be teaching Microbiology this year and Cell Biology in future years, as well as helping with our Introductory Biology sequence.
Kelly DiGeronimo ‘17 and Amanda Finck ‘17 worked on antibiotic resistance and biofilm development over the summer with Dr Whatley. Kelly followed up with work on the epsilon subunit of DNA polymerase III in Escherichia coli. Amanda focused on resistosome mapping by isolating and characterizing microbes from surfaces on campus. They will continue work on these projects during the upcoming academic year.

Article about Prof. Whatley:
Scholarship, diversity, and STEM: Meet the Biology Department's first Gondwe Scholar


Zakiya Nicole Whatley

Zakiya Nicole Whatley
Assistant Professor, Biology

Phone: (717) 337 - 6160

Box: Campus Box 0392

Address: McCreary Hall
Room 215
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

BS Hampton University,
PhD Duke University,