Dr. Whitley is a veterinary anatomic pathologist that will comprehensively assess lesions induced by cyanotoxins in field cases and experimental tissues and will serve as a core member of the team of pathologist investigators (Whitley, Haschek-Hock, and Solter) focused on the biological effects and mechanisms of action of known and novel cyanotoxins.
Dr. Whitley is a veterinary anatomic pathologist at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, where she engages in research, teaching, and diagnostic service. She earned B.S. and D.V.M. degrees from the University of Florida and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in veterinary pathology from Auburn University. She completed concurrent veterinary anatomic pathology residency while at Auburn University and is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She was a member of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University before moving to Iowa State University in 2009. As a veterinary pathologist, she has expertise in a wide variety of animal species and organ systems. As a participant on the CyHAB Consortium, she will focus on developing diagnostic testing procedures for animal cases of cyanointoxication as well as determining mechanisms of disease for under-characterized or novel toxins.