Dr. David Sharlin, Professor, MS Program Coordinator

PhD | Faculty

Address: Office | 342 Trafton Science Center S
Phone: 507-389-1085
Email: david.sharlin@mnsu.edu


  • PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Massachusetts, 2007
  • BS, Zoology, University of New Hampshire, 1999


Research Interests

  • Thyroid hormone action in development
  • Thyroid hormone and Igf1 in Brain Development
  • Thyroid hormone transporters
  • Thyroid disruptors (endocrine disruptors)
  • Auditory system development
  • Brain Development

Research in my laboratory focuses on understanding the role of thyroid hormone during development of the nervous system and sensory systems. We are particularly interested in understanding the molecular and cellular basis of neurocognitive and auditory deficits associated with insufficient thyroid hormone during development as a result congenital thyroid diseases. The lab also has a strong commitment in determining the mechanisms by which endocrine disrupting chemicals may interfere with the capacity of thyroid hormone to direct development of the nervous system.

I regularly teach a Human Anatomy (BIOL220) and Developmental Biology (lecture/lab BIOL424/425). I also teach the RISEbio Foundational Methods in Biology 1st semester course.  My goal in teaching is to provide material in a way such that it fosters critical thinking and permits students to develop as independent thinkers.

Sharlin Lab News

April 2024: As part of the University's annual celebration of research, our group was highlighted in a promotional video. Check it out here:

March 2024: Dr. Sharlin was an invited symposium speaker at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The symposium "Thyroid System Disrupting Chemicals and the Developing Brain" brought together leaders in the field to discuss impact of thyroid disruption on nervous system development.

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Sharlin SOT

November 2023: FUNDING ALERT!! Congratualtions to Emily for being awarded the Graduate Student Research Grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Funding. We are also excited to announce that Matthew and D'Aaliyah were awarded a Foundation Grant for the second year in a row and that Ainslee and James were awarded a Supply grant from the Undergraduate Research Center

August 2023: We welcome two new Biology MS students to the lab. Kendra is a Minnesota native and a recent graduate of Bemidji State University where she is majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Nathalia is from Bogota, Columbia and graduated this past spring from the Universidad De Los Andes where she studied Biomedical Engineering with focus on neuroscience. The lab group is super excited to have them joining the lab!

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July 2023: Super fun Sharlin Lab reunion in Cartagena, Columbia for Maria and Sam's wedding. What a beautiful country and wedding. Congratulations Maria and Sam.

lab reunion

May 2023: Double Awards! Congrats to Ainslee, James, D'Aaliyah, and Matthew who were all selected for outstanding presentations awards at the 2023 URS. The Sharlin Lab recieved 2 of 4 total awards.

April 2023: Congratulations to Ainslee, James, D'Aaliyah, and Matthew on their fantastic presentations at the 2023 Undergradaute Research Sympoisum hosted by the Undergraduate Research Center

student researchers

student researchers

student researchers

November 2022: Funding Alert! Congratulations to undergraduates D'Aaliyah Johnson and Matthew Jensen for being awarded a University Foundation Grant from the Undergraduate Research Center. The Foundation Grant proivdes a $1,000 stipend and a $1,000 in supplies.

August 2022: The Sharlin Lab welcomes new Biology MS student Emily Gregersen.

April 2022: Huge props to Jane Sakowiz and Jessica Wimp on the successful defense of their honors program portfolios. And congratulations to Jessica for being selected to give the senior address at the honors banquet!

Dr. David with his student researcher

April 2022: Congratulations to Jessica Wimp and Ainsless Hemmen on their fantastic presentation at the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium - LIVE. Click here to see all the poster presenters from Biology.

Jessica and Ainslee posing next to their presentation board at the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium

March 2022: We are humbled to announce that Dr. Sharlin has been awarded two University awards - the Douglas R. Moore Research Lectureship and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

January 2022: Sharlin Lab welcomes new undergraduate researchers! We are excited that Ainslee Hemmen (Biochem), D'Aaliyah Johnson (Biomedical Sciences), Matthew Jensen (Biochem), Ellie Cha (MLS), and Oltjona Muca (Biomedical Sciences) are joining our team.

April 2021: Congratulations to Jane Sakowiz, Amyah Ockenga, Lauren Krieg, and Jessica Wimp on their fantastic presentations at the virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Your hard work is evident!

 virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium

 virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium

November 2020: Funding Alert! Congratulations to undergraduates Jane Sakowiz, Amyah Ockenga, Lauren Krieg, and Jessica Wimp for being awarded Supply Grants from the Undergraduate Research Center.

August 2020: The Sharlin Lab welcomes new Biology MS student Prathibha Mangedarage. We also welcome undergraduates Jane Sakowiz,  Amyah Ockenga, and Jessica Wimp.

June 2020: CONGRATULATIONS to graduate student Maria Uscategui Calderon on successful thesis defense!  Maria is leaving us to start her PhD in the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at Cincinnati Childrens.

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