Richard Whittington, Ph.D.
Location: Armstrong Hall 201A
Office Phone: 334-724-4218

Biographical Sketch:

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. 

Research Fields:

  • Aquaculture
  • Bioethics
  • Microbiology



  • 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

Representative Publications:

1. Whittington, R., Shoemaker, C.A, Lim, C., and Klesius, P.H.  2003.  Effects of dietary ß-hydroxy-ß-methylbutyrate on growth and survival of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, vaccinated against Streptococcus iniae. Journal of Applied Aquaculture.  14(3/4): 25-36.

2. Whittington, R., Lim, C.E., Klesius, P.H. 2004. Effect of ß-d-glucan on the growth response and efficacy of Streptococcus iniae vaccine in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. 11th International Symposium on Nutrition and Feeding in fish, Phuket Island, Thailand.

3. Whittington, R., Lim, C., and Klesius, P.H.  2005.  Effect of ß-D-glucan on the growth response and efficacy of Streptococcus iniae vaccine.  Aquaculture.  248: 217-225.