Thomas Sharpton, PH.D.


Microbiome & Mental Health

Assistant Professor
Oregon State University

principal investigator, Sharpton Lab


Thomas Sharpton, PhD earned his PhD in Microbiology from the University California at Berkeley in 2009 with a Designated Emphasis in Computational Biology. He subsequently received his postdoctoral training at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, CA, wherein he pioneered computational tools and data resources to characterize the human metagenome. In 2013, he joined OSU as a faculty member in the Departments of Microbiology and Statistics.

In addition to teaching students in the classroom, Dr. Sharpton runs an internationally recognized research laboratory that applies molecular, computational, and statistical methods to determine how the gut microbiome influences the health, ecology, and evolution of vertebrates. His passion for research fuels his productivity, as evidenced by his key involvement in 24 publications and $10 million of grant supportsince arriving at OSU. Dr. Sharpton also serves as the Founding Director of the Oregon State University Microbiome Initiative, which seeks to transform how we study and conceptualize microbiomes, disseminate microbiome-related education and training, and expand the public’s involvement and interest in this exciting and rapidly growing research arena.


OSU College of Science Early Career Impact Award
Finalist: Carter Award in Outstanding & Inspirational Teaching in Science
Gladstone Scientific Leadership Award
Dean’s Council Student Research Representative
Effectiveness in Teaching Award, UC Berkeley
Chang Lin Tien Graduate Research Fellowship

Keith LaBaw