Dr. Doty is an associate professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. She earned a B.S. degree in Genetics from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Washington. She did postdoctoral research in plant biochemistry, focusing on developing improved methods for phytoremediation of organic pollutants. Sharon joined the faculty of the UW College of Forest Resources in 2003. Her primary interests lie in plant microbiology including endophytic nitrogen fixation, remediation of pollutants, and bioenergy.