Neil 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 annual expenditures consistently exceeding $800 million dollars.
Sharkey 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.
Sharkey 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.
Sharkey 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. He is a council member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Council of Sponsoring Institutions.