Marvin Whiteley

Marvin Whiteley

Bennie H. & Nelson D. Abell Chair in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Co-Director, Emory-Children's CF Center (CF@LANTA)

Dr. Whiteley received his B.S. degree in Zoology in 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Iowa in 2001. His doctoral research involved quorum sensing and biofilm formation in the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University in 2002, Dr. Whiteley accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In 2006, Dr. Whiteley moved to the University of Texas at Austin where he was promoted to Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Director of the LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease. In 2017, he accepted the Bennie H. & Nelson D. Abell Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves as Associate Director of the CF-Air Center at Emory Medical School. Dr. Whiteley has garnered numerous awards for his work including the Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award for national research excellence, the Burroughs Wellcome Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award, recognition as a Kavli fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the Dean’s teaching excellence award from UT-Austin, and election to the American Academy of Microbiology.


Office Location:
Petit Biotechnology Building, Office 1314



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    Georgia Institute of Technology

    School of Biological Sciences
    Research Focus Areas:
  • Drug Design, Development and Delivery
  • Systems Biology
  • Additional Research:

    In the Whiteley Lab, we are interested in the social lives of bacteria. Currently, we are utilizing new technologies combined with classical genetic techniques to address questions about microbial physiology, ecology, virulence, and evolution. In particular, we are working on tackling the following questions: 1. How do bacteria communicate? 2. How do polymicrobial interactions impact physiology and virulence? 3. What is the role of spatial structure in bacterial infections? 4. How does the host environment impact microbial physiology?

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