Microorganisms are found virtually everywhere in nature, and the human body is no exception. We are covered by a vast collection of microorganisms that are collectively known as the human microbiome. Recent research has found that the microbiome plays an active role in maintaining human health, and that disruption of the microbiome can contribute to disease.

The Sharpton Lab focuses on characterizing the evolutionary, ecological, and functional properties of the microbiome, with the goals understanding how it influences our health and behavior. We ultimately aim to use this insight to design novel disease diagnostics and therapeutics, especially for inflammation-based chronic diseases. Our work is interdisciplinary, relying heavily on microbiology, bioinformatics and systems biology, and borrowing from molecular biology, computer science, and statistics. We often develop novel computational strategies and resources to efficiently analyze massive digital microbiome data sets. We also actively collaborate with other laboratories to strengthen and broaden our research, which frequently includes studying microbiomes in non-human organisms to improve our understanding of general microbiome properties. We arrived at Oregon State University in the fall of 2013, and are directly affiliated with the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Statistics.

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