Contact Info

Primary Title: 
Associate Professor
Joint Appointment: 
Email Contact: 
Voice Contact: 
(541) 737-8623
Nash Hall, Room 530


  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • B.A. Oregon State University, 2003

Research Interests

  • Biostatistics
  • Genomics and metagenomics
  • Data integration
  • Big data analysis
  • Machine learning
  • Network informatics

Selected Publications [for a full list, see personal webpage]

  • Gaulke, C. A., Barton, C. L., Proffitt, S., Tanguay, R. L., and Sharpton, T. J. (2016), "Triclosan Exposure is Associated with Rapid Restructuring of the Gut Microbiome in Adult Zebrafish," PLOS ONE, 11(5): e0154632 [link]
  • Nayfach, S., Bradley, P. H., Wyman, S. K., Laurent, T. J., Williams, A., Eisen, J. A., Pollard, K. S., and Sharpton, T. J. (2015), "Automated and accurate estimate of gene family abundance from shotgun metagenomes," PLOS Computational Biology. 11(11):e1004573 [link]
  • O’Dwyer, J. P., Kembel, S. W., and Sharpton, T. J. (2015), "Backbones of Evolutionary History Test Biodiversity Theory for Microbes," The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(27):8356-61 [link]
  • Sharpton, T. J. (2014), "An Introduction to the Analysis of Shotgun Metagenomic Data," Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics. 5(209) PMCID: PMC4059276. [link]
  • Finucane, M., Sharpton, T. J., Laurant, T., and Pollard, K. S. (2014), "A taxonomic signature of obesity in the microbiome? Getting to the guts of the matter," PLOS ONE. 9(1): e84689. [link]

Instructional and Departmental Activities

  • ST 599 Introduction to Quantitative Genomics

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Microbiology