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 interested in microbiomes, antimicrobial resistance, and lungs. Prior to joining Magdalen College in 2021, I held a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, and you can read more about my fellowship project here. 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 antibioticshost 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 antimicrobial resistance in the context of the microbiome. How is a single pathogen species able to emerge in the respiratory microbiome? And, how does acquiring antibiotic resistance influence this and the ability of a pathogen to invade new microbiomes?  

My google scholar profile can be found here

Selected Publications