As Senior Lecturer in Basic Medicine and Research Scientist at the University of the West Indies, his work includes studies in the areas of Diabetes Management; Reversal of the Effects of Cocaine Addiction; Genetic Engineering Against Disease and Stress Conditions; Pharmaceutical Properties of Indigenous Materials and Tissue Culturing. He also has numerous publications in International Peer-Reviewed Journals, and has, to his credit, two local and two international patents.
Dr. Wheatley is a former Councillor, Deputy Mayor, Vice-Chairman of the St. Catherine Parish Council; Mayor of Spanish Town and Chairman of the St. Catherine Parish Council. He was also Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT, Digital Society Development and the Environment.
His vision is for the Ministry to become the driving force that propels Jamaica's transition into a world-class society, through innovation in its portfolio areas of Science, Energy and Technology, thereby creating avenues for employment and national development that ultimately Fuels Growth.