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Tyler Sharp PhD, MSc

Affiliate Assistant Professor Epidemiology

Biography

Dr. Tyler Sharp has an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, his work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to his work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Commander Tyler M. Sharp, Ph.D., is a Senior Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dengue Branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, he attended secondary school in the Chicago area and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Sharp received additional training at Montana State University – Bozeman and the Medical Research Council Division of Virology in Glasgow, Scotland. He completed his doctorate in Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in the laboratory of Dr. Mary K. Estes where he studied the molecular mechanisms of norovirus pathogenesis. During Dr. Sharp’s graduate study, he received additional training at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Sharp joined CDC in 2010 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer stationed at CDC Dengue Branch. His current public health and research interests are the epidemiology and pathophysiology of emerging infectious diseases, including dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and leptospirosis. Dr. Sharp enjoys international travel, hiking and camping, scuba diving, and avoiding infection with the pathogens he studies (thus far with limited success).

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
B.Sc., University of Guelph, 2004

Awards and Honors

2018: Bailey K. Ashford Medal, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, for distinguished work in tropical medicine
2017: Junior Officer of the Year, USPHS, awarded for early career accomplishments and officership

Research Activities
  • Epidemiologic and field investigations of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses in Puerto Rico
  • Sentinel Enhanced Dengue Surveillance System, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Investigation of dengue outbreaks in the United States
  • International investigations of dengue