Zakiya Whatley

I am a molecular geneticist, and my research with students focuses on the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and biofilm development. My research group uses molecular genetic techniques to understand how the SOS stress response helps bacteria persist after exposure to antibacterial drugs. Bacterial persistence is often linked to biofilm production, and our goal is to understand this dynamic process.

Currently, I teach Introductory Biology (BIO 110)  and Cell Biology (BIO 212). Previously, I taught microbiology (BIO 230) and The Fault in Our Genomes (FYS-130), a first year seminar about personal genetics & the implications of this technology. I also lead the HHMI Peer Science Mentor Program which trains peer learning associates for courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy.


Zakiya  Whatley

Zakiya 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,

Academic Focus:
Cell Biology

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