1. The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects in the biomedical, behavioral or social sciences within the NIH mission. Our work is on Deciphering the crosstalk between bacteria and their mammalian hosts​.

  2. The AB Nexus Grant Program supports collaborative research between CU Boulder and CU Anschutz Medical School campuses. Our work is on Nucleotide Second Messengers at the Host-Pathogen Interface, in collaboration with Dr. Kelly S. Doran, PhD, (Department of Immunology and Microbiology), CU Anschutz.

  3. The Boettcher Foundation has named Aaron and 7 others to the 2022 class of Boettcher Investigators through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program. The prestigious award supports promising, early career scientific researchers, allowing them to advance their independent research in Colorado and compete for major federal and private awards in the future. Each Boettcher Investigator will receive a $235,000 grant to support up to three years of biomedical research.

  4. May 9th, 2022

    Ashley Sullivan and Ryan Sayegh join the lab!

    Ashley joins the lab as a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry and Ryan joins as a Ph.D. student in MCDB.

  5. "cGASylation by a bacterial E1-E2 fusion protein primes antiviral immune signaling" by Ledvina and Ye et al.

  6. The University of Regensburg Undergraduate Research Scholarship is a competitve program that enables undergradraduates to participate in a 10-week research internship in Germany. Well done Melissa!


  1. Our lab was awarded its first grant! The Mallinckrodt Foundation Grant will support our work on antiphage signaling in bacteria.

  2. This prestigious three-year award will support his work studying molecular mechanisms of the cGAS-STING pathway. Ceck out the departmental highlight.

    Well done Uday!

  3. This prestigious three-year award will support her work studying molecular mechanisms of how bacteria resist phage infection. Check out the departmental highlight.

    Well done Hannah!

  4. May 5th, 2021

    Amy Conte joins the lab!

    Amy Conte 2021

    Amy joins the lab as a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry

  5. April 9th, 2021

    Rico Carale is awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant!

    Congrats Rico! We are looking forward to all the great science coming this summer.

  6. March 8th, 2021

    Amy Conte starts her 4th rotation

    Welcome to the lab!

  7. February 18th, 2021

    Alfredo Vargas joins the lab!

    Alfredo Vargas

    Alfredo is joins the lab as an Undergraduate Researcher and Wuttke–Beckman Scholar

  8. January 15th, 2021

    Rico Carale joins the lab!

    Rico Carale 2021

    Rico joins the lab as an Undergraduate Researcher

  9. January 11th, 2021

    Logan McCoy and Michael Nagel start their 3rd rotation

    Welcome to the lab!

  10. January 1st, 2021

    Uday Tak joins the lab!

    Uday Tak 2021

    Uday joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar


  1. December, 2020

    Happy Holidays!

    Phage Cookies

    Emily Kibby's festive holiday cookies include a :classy_phage: sporting a monocle and moustache

  2. October 19th, 2020

    Hannah Ledvina joins the lab!

    Hannah Ledvina

    Hannah joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar

  3. October 19th, 2020

    John Chambers starts his rotation

    Welcome to the lab!

  4. August 18th, 2020

    Lauren Atencio starts her 1st rotation

    Lauren Atencio

    Welcome to the lab!

  5. August 3rd, 2020

    Toni Nagy joins the lab!

    Toni Nagy 2020

    Toni joins the lab as a Senior Research Associate

  6. Emily has been awarded two years of grant support from the NIH Graduate Training Program in Signaling and Cellular Regulation. Congrats Emily!

  7. June 10th, 2020


    ShutDownStem and ShutDownAcademia

    In the Whiteley Lab, we study the molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and immune defense, with the hope that our work may lead to new and better treatments for diseases that currently have no cure. One disease that our research does not have the potential to cure, however, is the epidemic of police violence that has killed too many people. Voting, political reform, and education about racial biases and injustice can help end this epidemic. As scientists, we recognize the objective fact that the Black community has been, and continues to be, harmed by the systemic racism that runs rampant in our justice system. Communities of color are disproportionately affected by police brutality and are often subjected to harsher criminal sentences. As human beings, we understand that this injustice hurts us all, and that those with privilege are obligated to use it to lift up those who are oppressed. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and any actions to eradicate systemic injustice.


  8. May 28th, 2020

    The lab reopens

    Reopening boxes in the lab

    Operating at <25% capacity, the lab resumes research! Time to unpack all the boxes...

  9. Emily joins the lab as a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry

  10. March 19th, 2020

    Lab meeting #1

    Zoom Lab Meeting

    Our first lab meeting! We move from in vivo & in vitro to in silico. The lab has transitioned to video conferencing for all meetings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  11. March 14th, 2020

    The lab shuts it's doors

    In order to #flattenthecurve, the lab has gone remote. Saying goodbye to the bench, it's time for everyone to brush up on their office ergonomics!

  12. March 9th, 2020

    Emma, Whitney, and Emily start their 4th rotation

    Welcome to the lab!

  13. March 9th, 2020

    Aidan Litt joins the lab!

    Aidan Litt

    Aidan joins the lab as a Professional Research Assistant

  14. January, 2020

    The Aaron Whiteley Lab opens!

    Whiteley Lab Overview

    The lab opens its doors and finds a home in JSCBB 2nd floor B-wing.