Whatley Lab

Our group focuses on antimicrobial resistance in the early stages of biofilm development. We are particularly interested in factors that drive poly-microbial biofilm formation and persistence.

Current Projects

  • The role of the replisome in the bacterial response to quinolones - Amanda Finck, Nene Sy, Sarah DiDomenico

  • Understanding synergistic biofilm formation between Microbacterium & Chryseobacterium isolates - Amanda Finck, Sarah DiDomenico, Hannah Hadgu, Elli Vickers

    • Isolation, Identification & Characterization of Biofilm Formation - Amanda & Sarah

    • Transposon Mutagenesis of Microbacterium isolate to identify biofilm genes - Sarah, Elli, Hannah

    • Heterologous Expression of Chryseobacterium gDNA - Sarah & Hannah

  • Characterization of pMONS, a 33-kb Microbacterium oxydans plasmid - Nene Sy

  • Identification of a Type IX Secretion System in Chryseobacterium hispalense - Julia Ruff

Current Students

Amanda Finck, Nene Sy, Sarah DiDomenico, Hannah Hadgu, and Elli Vickers

Julia Ruff (BIO 290 - Fall 2017)

 

Spring 2017 - Early morning lab meeting in the Cell Bio lab. Left to Right: Elizabeth Hill, Elli Vickers, Amanda Finck, Sarah DiDomenico, Nene Sy.

Spring 2017 - Early morning lab meeting in the Cell Bio lab. Left to Right: Elizabeth Hill, Elli Vickers, Amanda Finck, Sarah DiDomenico, Nene Sy.

Summer '17 on the way to kayak @ Michaux State Forest

Summer '17 on the way to kayak @ Michaux State Forest


Nene Sy

Nene is getting media and agar out of the autoclave.

Hi, my name is Nene Sy and I am from New York City. I am a freshman at Gettysburg College.  My goal is to incorporate my passion for helping others with my love for science by pursuing a career in the health sciences. Conducting research with Dr. Whatley allows me to gain more lab experience and broaden my knowledge of biology; it is so exciting! I am looking forward to learning all of the new research techniques and cannot wait to see what we discover! Click here to see the work I'm doing.


Amanda finck

Amanda in the Microbiology Lab

Amanda in the Microbiology Lab


Sarah Didomenico

Sarah loads a gel at the bench.

Sarah loads a gel at the bench.


Hannah Hadgu

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Elli Vickers


Julia Ruff


Retired Members

Kelly DiGeronimo

 

Alexa Kowker (not pictured)

Kelly DiGeronimo, Amanda Finck, and Nene Sy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Undergraduate Research Symposium (2015)