Welcome to the Sharp Lab Website!
Bacteria are everywhere, and they play a significant role in the health of the oceans and of the animals that live within it. In the Sharp Lab, we study the diversity, dynamics, and distribution of microorganisms associated with invertebrates in coral reefs and other nearshore ecosystems. Our current projects use molecular techniques and advanced microscopy to characterize microbiomes in a variety of basal metazoans, in order to learn more about how they contribute to the health and resilience of their animal hosts, and ultimately the health of marine ecosystems. These microorganisms include both beneficial and pathogenic organisms. Click here to learn more about the Sharp Lab Research.
Koty Sharp was born and raised in Delaware. She has lived in Massachusetts, California, Florida, and Rhode Island. She has conducted research in The Republic of Palau, Panama, Belize, California, and the Florida Keys. Koty is a professor in Biology, Marine Biology, & Environmental Science at Roger Williams University, and she is committed to delivering research-rich coursework to undergraduates. See her bio in the People section and a description of her courses in Teaching.