A. Sharkey, Ph.D., was appointed interim vice president for research at Penn
State on August 1, 2013, and vice president for research on September 19, 2014. In this role,
Sharkey is responsible for overseeing a research enterprise with over $848
million dollars in expenditures.
joined the faculty at Penn State as a professor of kinesiology, orthopaedics
and rehabilitation in 1997. In August
2007, he was appointed associate dean for research and graduate education in
the College of Health and Human Development.
Prior to that appointment, Sharkey served as director of research in the
Department of Kinesiology from 2004 to 2007.
He also served as acting director of the Center for Locomotion Studies
in the Department of Kinesiology from 2002 to 2004.
received a bachelor's degree in physiology and a Ph.D. degree in comparative
pathology, both from the University of California-Davis. His research is aimed at advancing orthopedic
medicine through improved understanding, better diagnosis and more efficacious
surgical procedures. Sharkey has been
well funded throughout his career by the National Institutes of Health and
various foundations. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and
has delivered innumerable professional presentations pertaining to orthopedic
medicine, skeletal tissue mechanics and musculoskeletal biomechanics.
has served on a variety of college and university committees in addition to
national committees and panels pertaining to his areas of research. He is a member of the Huck Institutes of the
Life Sciences at Penn State, and he holds numerous professional memberships,
including in the American Society of Biomechanics, the Orthopaedic Research
Society and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.