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Sharon L. Doty

Posted by | February 28, 2021


Sharon L. Doty

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Professional Preparation:
University of California, Davis Genetics B.Sc. 1989
University of Washington Microbiology Ph.D. 1995
University of Washington Biochemistry postdoc 1995-2003

Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Sept. 16, 2016 (present position)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington. Feb 1, 2017 (present position)
Associate Professor, SEFS, CoEnv, UW, 2009-2016
Assistant Professor, College of Forest Resources, UW, Sept. 15, 2006- Sept 14, 2009
Research Assistant Professor, College of Forest Resources, UW, August 1, 2003- September 14, 2006

Synergistic Activities

  1. International Roles: Vice-president of the International Symbiosis Society (2015-2018; re-elected 2018).  Chair of the Working Party on Environmental & Ecosystem Services for the International Poplar Commission (IPC) of the United Nations (2012-2016; re-elected 2016-2020).  Scientific Advisory Board member of Space Biology Unlimited (2020-2023).
  2. Editorial roles: Guest co-editor of Special Issue of Plant Molecular Biology on symbiotic microorganisms (2015-2016).  Associate Editorial Board of Microbial Symbioses, a specialty section of Frontiers in Microbiology (2016-2019).  Editor of Springer book, “Functional Importance of the Plant Endophytic Microbiome: Implications for Agriculture, Forestry and Bioenergy”.  Guest editor of special issue of Microorganisms on Symbiotic Plant-Bacterial Endospheric Interactions (2017-2018)
  3. Panel Member: Scientific Advisory Council member (and Chair 2018) for the Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2016-2021).  Member of the USDA/NIFA project #W-3147 on Managing Plant Microbe Interactions in Soil to Promote Sustainable Agriculture (current).  Department of Energy grant proposal review panel member (Dec 2015-Feb 2016). Scientific Program Committee member for the 9th International Symbiosis Society conference (2017-2018).  Ad hoc reviewer for NSF/NIFA/USDA grant proposal (2018)
  4. Oral presentations in the last 4 years: Invited presentations annually at the International Plant and Animal Genomics (PAG) conferences in San Diego (2015-2019), at the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference in Australia (2015), and at the International Congress on N-Fixation (2015).  Invited speaker at the International Congress on Frontiers in Biology in Brazil.  Invited presentations for the 15th Symposium on N-Fixation in Non-Legumes in Budapest (2016) and plenary speaker at the 25th Session of the International Poplar Commission in Berlin (2016). Invited plenary speaker for the Intern. Congress on N-Fixation (Sept 2017) in Granada, Spain.  Oral presentation at the International Phytotechnologies Conference in Montreal (Sept. 2017).  Invited speaker for the Biocontrol, Biostimulation and Microbiome Congress (Oct. 2018).  Invited speaker for RemTech Expo 2018 (Sept 2018).  Invited speaker for the SIMB 2018 congress on Recent Advances in Biocontrol (Nov 2018). Speaker at the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (Apr 2019).  Invited speaker at the USDA Fruit Microbiome Workshop (Sept 2019).  Invited speaker for Washington Tree Fruit Research Coalition meeting (Jan 2020).  Invited seminar speaker at the Danforth Plant Science Center (Feb 2020).  Invited plenary speaker at AgriBio Systems Biology Workshop, Melbourne (May 2020)
  5. Awards and Honors in the last 4 years: Chosen by Illumina for subject of research video, “Power of Plant Partnerships” as part of their series on “Adventures in Genomics”( 2018).  University of Washington Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (2017). Ranked by SEFS as Highly Meritorious (2017, 2018, 2019).  College of the Environment Exceptional Mentoring of Undergraduates award (2020)

Research Areas:

  • Improve plant growth with less input of chemicals and water
  • Remove environmental pollutants
  • Improve the sustainability of bioenergy production

Current N-related Projects:

Department of Energy funded project on “Elucidation of the Roles of Diazotrophic Endophyte Communities in Promoting Productivity and Resilience of Populus through Systems Biology Approaches”- PI Sharon Doty (UW), Co-PI Amir H. Ahkami (PNNL), Christer Jannson (PNNL), Soo-Hyung Kim (UW), and Adam Deutschbauer (LBNL)

Peer-Reviewed Publications in the last 4 years

Varga, T., Hixson, K. K., Ahkami, A. H., Sher, A. W., Barnes, M. E., Chu, R. K., Battu, A. K., Nicora, D. D., Winkler, T. E., Reno, L. R., Fakra, S. C., Antipova, O., Parkinson, D. Y., Hall, J. R., and Doty, S. L.  2020. Endophyte-promoted phosphorus solubilization in Populus.  Front. Plant Sci. 11:567918. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.567918.

Firrincieli, A., Khorasani, M., Frank, A. C., and Doty, S. L.  2020. Influences of climate on phyllosphere endophytic bacterial communities in wild poplar.  Front. Plant Sci. 11:203. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00203.

Rho, H., Doty, S. L., Kim, S.-H.  2020.  Endophytes alleviate the elevated CO2-dependent decrease in photosynthesis in rice, particularly under nitrogen limitation.  Journal of Experimental Botany 71(2)707-718.  DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erz440

Aghai, M. M., Khan, Z., Joseph, M. R., Stoda, A. M., Sher, A. W., Ettl, G. J., and Doty, S. L.  The Effect of Microbial Endophyte Consortia on Pseudotsuga menziesii and Thuja plicata Survival, Growth, and Physiology across Edaphic Gradients.  Front. Microbiol. 10:1353.  Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01353

Rho, H., Van Epps, V., Wegley, N., Doty, S.L., and Kim, S.-H.  2018.  Salicaceae endophytes modulate stomatal behavior and increase water use efficiency in rice.  Frontiers in Plant Science 9:188. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00188

Rho, H., Doty, S.L., and Kim, S.-H. 2018.  Estimating microbial respiratory CO2 from endophytic bacteria in rice.  Plant Signaling and Behavior DOI:10.1080/15592324.2018.1500067

Levy, A., Gonzalez, I.S., Mittelviefhaus, M., Clingenpeel, S., Paredes, S.H., et al. 2018.  Genetic features of bacterial adaptation to plants.  Nature Genetics 50:138-150.

Okubara, P., Kumar, N., Hohenwarter, L., Graham, D., Kandel, S., Doty, S.L., Micknass, U., Kogel, K.H., and Imani, J.  2017.  Inhibition of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens by VEG’LYS®, an Allium-based antimicrobial formulation.  J Biol. & Nature 8(2)40-51.

Kandel, S., Joubert, P., and Doty, S.L.  2017.  Bacterial endophyte colonization and distribution within plants.  Microorganisms 5, 77; doi:10.3390/microorganisms5040077

Rho, H., Hsieh, M., Kandel, S. L., Cantillo, J., Flora-Tostado, M., Doty, S.L., and Kim, S.H.  2017.  Do endophytes promote growth of host plants under stress?  A meta-analysis on plant stress mitigation by endophytes.  Microbial Ecology doi:10.1007/s00248-017-1054-3.

Kandel, S., Firrincieli, A., Joubert, P. M., Okubara, P. A., Leston, N., McGeorge, K., Harfouche, A., Mugnozza, G. S., Doty, S. L. 2017. An in vitro study of bio-control and plant growth promotion potential of Salicaceae endophytes. Frontiers in Microbiology (386), 1-16.

Doty, S. L., Freeman, J. L., Cohu, C. M., Burken, J. G., Firrincieli, A., Simon, A., Khan, Z., Isebrands, J. G., Lukas, J., Blaylock, M. J. 2017.  Enhanced Degradation of TCE on a Superfund Site Using Endophyte-Assisted Poplar Tree Phytoremediation. Environ. Sci Technol. 51 (17) 10050-10058.

Legault, E., Stewart, J. C., Muiznieks, I., Doty, S., Strand, S.  2017.  A field trial of TCE phytoremediation by genetically modified poplars expressing cytochrome P450 2E1.  Environmental Science and Technology 51(11)6090-6099.

Weir, E.; Doty, S. L. Social Acceptability of Phytoremediation: The Role of Risk and Values. Intern. J. Phytoremediation. 2016, 118 (10), 1029-1036.

Doty, S. L.; Sher, A. W.; Fleck, N. D.; Khorasani, M.; Bumgarner, R.; Khan, Z.; Ko, A. W. K.; Kim, S. H.; DeLuca, T. H. Variable nitrogen fixation in wild PopulusPLoS One. 2016, 11 (5) e0155979.

Khan, Z.; Rho, H.; Firrincieli, A.; Luna, V.; Hung, S. H.; Kim, S.-H.; Doty, S. L. Growth enhancement and drought tolerance of hybrid poplar upon inoculation with endophyte consortia. Current Plant Biology. 2016, 38-47.