People

Nathaniel Sharp

Assistant Professor

Nathaniel earned his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, and trained as a postdoc at the University of British Columbia. He is broadly interested in evolutionary genetics, and particularly the causes and consequences of mutation.

Denise Smith

Research Specialist

Denise earned a B.S. degree in biology (UW-La Crosse) and a master’s degree in Plant Pathology (UW-Madison). She has worked with fungal and viral plant pathogens of many plant species, but predominantly pathogens of trees. She is interested in evolution of fungal resistance to fungicides and how fungi evolve to maintain pathogenicity. In her spare time, Denise likes to garden, hike, and cross-country ski.

Kate Vickerman

Undergraduate Researcher

Kate is a sophomore double majoring in Genetics and Genomics and Life Sciences Communication with a Certificate in Global Health. She is involved on campus in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Undergraduate Genetics Association, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Swim Club, and Badger Dairy Club.

Brant Strayer

Undergraduate Researcher

Brant is a third year undergraduate majoring in Genetics and Life Sciences Communication. He wants to pursue a career in research or genetic counseling.

Aaron Esker

Undergraduate Researcher

Aaron is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Genetics and Genomics along with a Certificate in Business. Outside of studying, Aaron is an active member in the Undergraduate Genetics Association and loves to be outdoors. After college, he plans on pursuing a career in the biotechnology industry.

Paige Leone

Undergraduate Researcher

Paige is a fourth year Genetics major, hoping to get into school to become a Pathologist Assistant. She loves getting outside and taking fun hikes with her dog.

Numair Ali

Undergraduate Researcher

Numair is a third year undergraduate majoring in Genetics and also working towards a certificate in Computer Science. He wants to combine the two fields together to pursue a career in bioinformatics.

Chris Stein

Undergraduate Researcher

Chris is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Genetics and pursuing a career in research or forensic analysis. He loves to spend time outdoors hunting and fishing with friends and family.

Caitlin Kestell

Undergraduate Researcher

I’m a sophomore studying Genetics and Environmental Science. I hope to someday earn my PhD and work in research and academia. I’m a member of the Distinguished Lecture Series here on campus and I love cats.

Join the Sharp Lab

The lab is an inclusive and safe space. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Science is for Everyone!

The lab is interested in accepting graduate students through the Genetics Training Program. Contact Nathaniel for details.