Profile – Sharon L. Doty

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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. Executive committee member of international societies: Vice-president of the International Symbiosis Society (2015-2019). Chair of the Working Party on Environmental and Ecosystem Services for the International Poplar Commission (2012-2016); co-vice chair (2008-2012); and member since 2004.
  2. Editorial responsibilities: 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 (Jan 2016-present). Editor of Springer book, “Functional Importance of the Plant Endophytic Microbiome: Implications for Agriculture, Forestry and Bioenergy” doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-65897-1. Guest editor of special issue of Microorganisms on Symbiotic Plant-Bacterial Endospheric Interactions (2017)
  3. Presentations in the last 4 years: In 2014, presented at the IPC meeting in Gisborne, New Zealand, at NASA-Ames (invited seminar), at the Pan-American Congress on Plants & Bioenergy, at the Amer. Society for Plant Biologists meeting in Portland, at the International Poplar Symposium in Vancouver, BC. Invited keynote presentation at the congress for the International Assoc. for Plant Biotechnology in Melbourne, Australia, invited presentation at the annual meeting of the AFRI Advanced Hardwood Biofuels NW group in Davis, California, invited presentation at the NW Branch meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Seattle, gave a presentation at the International Symposium on N-Fixation in Non-Legumes in Chengdu, China, and was invited by the Biology Graduate Student Association at Idaho State University to present as a distinguished speaker (Nov. 20, 2014). Presentation at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Bio-technology and Bioenergy. In 2015, Invited presentation at the International Plant and Animal Genomics (PAG) XXIII in San Diego, a presentation at the Symbiosis Workshop in Yosemite, and invited presentations at the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference in Melbourne, Australia and at the International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation in Asilomar. Invited by the University of Missouri’s Interdisciplinary Plant Group for their seminar series. Invited by the Brazilian Biotechnology Society to present as one of six distinguished international speakers at the International Congress on Frontiers in Biology. In 2016, invited presentation at the PAG conference in San Diego in the Genomics of Phyto-remediation session. Gave a presentation at the Symbiosis Workshop in Yosemite. Invited speaker for the 15th Symposium on N-Fixation in Non-Legumes in Budapest, Hungary. Plenary speaker at the 25th Session of the International Poplar Commission in Berlin, Germany. In 2017, invited presentation in the session on “The Phytoremediation Genome” at PAG. Gave a pre-sentation at the Symbiosis Workshop in Yosemite. Invited plenary speaker for the International Congress on N-Fixation (Sept 2017) in Granada, Spain. Oral presentation at the International Phytotechnologies Conference in Montreal (Sept. 2017)
  4. DOE grant proposal review panel member (Dec 2015-Feb 2016)
  5. Scientific Advisory Council member for the Pacific NW National Laboratory (2016-2021)

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:


Khan, Z.; Guelich, G.; Phan, H.; Redman, R. S.; Doty, S. L. Bacterial and yeast endophytes from poplar and willow promote growth in crop plants and grasses. ISRN Agronomy. 2012, doi: 10.5402/2012/890280.

Knoth, J.; Kim, S.-H.; Ettl, G.; Doty, S. L. Effects of cross host species inoculation of nitrogen-fixing endophytes on growth and leaf physiology of maize. GCB Bioenergy. 2013, 5 408-418.

Knoth, J. L.; Kim, S. H.; Ettl, G. J.; Doty, S. L. Biological nitrogen fixation and biomass accumulation within poplar clones as a result of inoculations with diazotrophic endophyte consortia. New Phytol. 2014, 201 599-609.

Kandel, S.; Herschberger, N.; Kim, S.-H.; Doty, S. L. Diazotrophic endophytes of poplar and willow promote growth of rice plants in nutrient-limited conditions. Crop Science. 2015, 55 1765-1772.

Khan, Z.; Kandel, S.; Ramos, D.; Ettl, G. J.; Kim, S.-H.; Doty, S. L. Increased biomass of nursery-grown Douglas-fir seedlings upon inoculation with diazotrophic endophytic consortia. Forests. 2015, 6 3582-3593.

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 Populus. PLoS One. 2016, 11 (5), e0155979.