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Dr. Richard Whittington

Board Member

Professor Richard Whittington is the HBCU-Up Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Tuskegee University.


He obtained his academic success by attending the historic Tuskegee University (BS, MS) and Auburn University (PhD).


His research focuses on aquatic pathogens that negatively impact production of major fish cultures such as catfish and tilapia. For over seven years, he has taught courses such as of Cell and Genetic Biology, Organismal Biology, and Microbiology at both institutions.


Dr. Whittington developed his skill for working with young people through his involvement with GROW CELLS Summer Academy, Integrative Biosciences Research Experience for Undergraduates, Project GRAD Knoxville, AMACHI Leadership Foundation, Southeast Science Partnership, Fast Track Science Camp, and Science America Camp.


His research fields are: Aquaculture, Bioethics and Microbiology.


Some of his collaborations include:

  • Dr. Deidre Quinn-Gorham, School of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Tuskegee University

  • Drs. Olga Bolden-Tiller and Deloris Alexander, College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, Tuskegee University

  • Dr. Covadonga Arias, College of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University

Dr. Whittington is on the Board of Directors of WISE Scholars Foundation.

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