Whitney Roberson

Graduate Student
Riley Lab

Email: wroberson@bio.tamu.edu


  • B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology, Texas A&M University.
  • M.S. Biology, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.
  • Ph.D. Biology, In Progress, Texas A&M University.
  • Developmental Biology
  • Inner Ear Development
  • Gene Pathway Interactions
  • Regeneration Cascades

Dr. Riley’s lab studies inner ear development in zebrafish. Our research stems from the idea that genes that control development of the inner ear are similar in humans and in zebrafish. We want to understand which genes allow zebrafish to regenerate hair cells, which control hearing and balance, with the hope that with that understanding we can elicit a similar regenerative response in humans to ultimately cure deafness. Specifically, I work with the pax 2/5 family of genes, investigating their role in sensory epithelia stability and maintenance.

Developmental biologist professionally focused on active scientific investigation of biological systems and contribution to productive research. Aspires to create living tools that further our understanding and quality of life. Pursues meaningful work leveraging personality strengths for the greater good, personal growth and lifetime satisfaction.