Cheryl A. Whistler

Phone: (603) 862-2359
Office: Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences, Rudman Hall Rm 210, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Oregon State University
  • B.A., General Biology, University of California - San Diego

Courses Taught

  • BMS 503: General Microbiology
  • BMS 790: Undergrad Teaching Experience
  • GEN 704: Genetics Prokaryotic Microbes
  • GEN 790: Undergrad Teaching Experience
  • GEN 999: Doctoral Research
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/MCBS
  • MCBS 905: Contemp Top Molec/Cell/Biomed
  • MCBS 997: Seminar

Selected Publications

Xu, F., Gonzalez-Escalona, N., Drees, K. P., Sebra, R. P., Cooper, V. S., Jones, S. H., & Whistler, C. A. (2017). Parallel Evolution of Two Clades of an Atlantic-Endemic Pathogenic Lineage of Vibrio parahaemolyticus by Independent Acquisition of Related Pathogenicity Islands. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 83(18), e01168-17. doi:10.1128/AEM.01168-17

Sabrina Pankey, M., Foxall, R. L., Ster, I. M., Perry, L. A., Schuster, B. M., Donner, R. A., . . . Whistler, C. A. (2017). Host-selected mutations converging on a global regulator drive an adaptive leap towards symbiosis in bacteria. eLife, 6. doi:10.7554/eLife.24414

Xu, F., Gonzalez-Escalona, N., Haendiges, J., Myers, R. A., Ferguson, J., Stiles, T., . . . Whistler, C. A. (2017). Sequence Type 631 Vibrio parahaemolyticus, an Emerging Foodborne Pathogen in North America. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 55(2), 645-648. doi:10.1128/JCM.02162-16

Urquhart, E. A., Jones, S. H., Yu, J. W., Schuster, B. M., Marcinkiewicz, A. L., Whistler, C. A., & Cooper, V. S. (2016). Environmental Conditions Associated with Elevated Vibrio parahaemolyticus Concentrations in Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire. PLOS ONE, 11(5), e0155018. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155018

Foxall, R. L., Ballok, A. E., Avitabile, A., & Whistler, C. A. (2015). Spontaneous phenotypic suppression of GacA-defective Vibrio fischeri is achieved via mutation of csrA and ihfA. BMC Microbiology, 15(1). doi:10.1186/s12866-015-0509-2

Mahoney, J. C., Gerding, M. J., Jones, S. H., & Whistler, C. A. (2010). Comparison of the Pathogenic Potentials of Environmental and Clinical Vibrio parahaemolyticus Strains Indicates a Role for Temperature Regulation in Virulence. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 76(22), 7459-7465. doi:10.1128/AEM.01450-10

Whistler, C. A., & Ruby, E. G. (2003). GacA Regulates Symbiotic Colonization Traits of Vibrio fischeri and Facilitates a Beneficial Association with an Animal Host. Journal of Bacteriology, 185(24), 7202-7212. doi:10.1128/JB.185.24.7202-7212.2003

Whistler, C. A., & Pierson, L. S. (2003). Repression of phenazine antibiotic production in Pseudomonas aureofaciens strain 30-84 by RpeA. JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY, 185(13), 3718-3725. doi:10.1128/JB.185.13.3718.3725.2003

Whistler, C. A., Stockwell, V. O., & Loper, J. E. (2000). Lon Protease Influences Antibiotic Production and UV Tolerance of Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 66(7), 2718-2725. doi:10.1128/AEM.66.7.2718-2725.2000

Whistler, C. A., Corbell, N. A., Sarniguet, A., Ream, W., & Loper, J. E. (1998). The two-component regulators GacS and GacA influence accumulation of the stationary-phase sigma factor sigma(S) and the stress response in Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5. JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY, 180(24), 6635-6641. Retrieved from

Most Cited Publications