Aaron Whiteley 2022
(he/him) • Assistant Professor • Principal Investigator • Boettcher Investigator
Department of Biochemistry

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building (JSCBB)
Office B221, Lab B255

  • B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Davis, 2004-2008
  • Ph.D. Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Advisor: Dr. Daniel Portnoy, University of California Berkeley, 2010-2016
  • Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbiology, Advisors: Dr. John Mekalanos and Dr. Philip Kranzusch, Harvard Medical School, 2016-2019



Dr. Aaron Whiteley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder. His laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms and evolution of immune signaling pathways. Dr. Whiteley’s research contributions include tracing the origins of proteins from the human innate immune system to bacteria, where they evolved for defense against phage. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in Dr. Daniel A. Portnoy’s lab as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, he trained as a Jane Coffin Childs Fund Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School in the labs of Dr. John J. Mekalanos and Dr. Philip J. Kranzusch, and started his independent lab in January 2020. Dr. Whiteley is a recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award, the ASM Award for Early Career Basic Research, and was named a Pew Biomedical Scholar in 2023.