Angela Whatley, PhD

Angela Whatley


Angela Whatley
Peer Mentor since 2008



Angela Whatley is a senior level graduate student in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research focuses on the use of small RNAs to inhibit HIV viral pathogenesis. Ms. Whatley uses synthetic RNAs called aptamers to bind to and block HIV viral proteins. Her work looks at the ability of these small RNAs to inhibit viral replication inside cells as well as in biochemical reactions. While pursing her Ph.D., Ms. Whatley received the Gus Ridgel graduate fellowship, as well as the Minority Biomedical Research Training Initiative fellowship from the University of Missouri. She remains very involved in organizations around campus including serving as Public Relations chair for the Nexus Minority Graduate Student organization and Speaker Selection chair for the Alternative Career Explorations in the Sciences organization. Ms. Whatley received her B.S. in biology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. While at Rockhurst, she held several internships and was president of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society.


Mentor's Motivational Message


Contact Information

Affiliation:  Graduate Student
Institution/Address:  Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
 University of Missouri
 1201 E Rollins Road
 Columbia, MO 65201
Phone:  314.397.5956
Fax:  N/A
Email:  asw42c@mizzou.edu
FASEB Society Member:  ASBMB
Scientific Discipline:  Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
ABRCMS 2011 Mentor:  NO












Breaking the Ice - Angela's "Q&A"

 What is the title of the best book you have ever read and why?

 The Color Purple is the best book I have ever read because it truly shows that you can overcome adversity, and that no matter how bad things may be, keep trying and good things can come of it.

 What is the best movie you have ever seen and why?

 The best movie I have ever seen is the Lion King.  This my favorite movie from childhood, but as an adult I still find the plot and themes very relevant.  For instance, Simba tries to live by the motto, "Hakuna Matata" or no worries with the Timon and Pumbaa.  Simba then realizes that there is more meant for him in his life and he needs to work hard to fulfill his full potential.

 If you could choose to be an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?

 I would choose to be a giraffe.  I have always liked giraffes because they are a very unique animal. Giraffes can use their long necks to see things coming in the distance.

 What is the greatest value that guides your life and why?

 Carpe Diem (which translates to "Seize the day") is the greatest value that guides my life.  You only have one life to live and only today to live it.  Every day should be lived to the fullest.

 What skill do you need in order to succeed and why?

 Persistence is very important, even if you are not the best at something if you keep working on it you will eventually succeed.

 If you were a Smurf what would your name be?

 Giggles Smurf, because I love to laugh and enjoy life.

 Do you wake up to a CD, radio or buzzer?

 I wake up to my MP3 player on my phone.  Music gets me up in the morning and keeps me going.  Some people grab a cup of coffee, I grab my headphones.

 What TV show do you take a guilty pleasure in watching?

 Big Bang Theory because it reminds me of so many of my colleagues and peers in academia.  I also enjoy True Blood... no reason in particular .. it's just my guilty pleasure.

 What punctuation mark best describes your personality?

 "!" Exclamation point... because you will remember me! 

 What's your favorite sport?