Dr Rachel Wheatley

Subject: Biology, Plant Sciences and Zoology

Department: Biological Sciences

Academic position: George Grosvenor Freeman Fellow by Examination


I am an evolutionary microbiologist broadly interested in understanding the ecology and evolution of microbial systems. Prior to joining Magdalen College in 2021, I held a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study. I completed my BSc. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Durham University, and my DPhil in Plant Sciences at University College, University of Oxford.

Research interests

My research has investigated: (1) the processes underpinning host-microbe interactions (from human infections to plant symbioses), (2) the mechanisms behind bacterial responses to environmental perturbations (including antibiotics, host immunity, and phage), and (3) how these fundamental biological processes happen not just in single species settings, but in the context of a microbiome

The primary focus of my current research is to understand how a single pathogen species is able to emerge in the context of a lung microbiome. My google scholar profile can be found here.

Selected Publications