Dr. Sharp has been an active member of The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) for 30 years. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) and a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Sharp served as the Chair of the ASM Public and Scientific Affairs Board's Committee on Laboratory Practices from 2007 to 2015, as well as Chair of the Examination Development committee and Vice-Chair of the ABMM during 1999-2015. She was selected as the 2012 bioMerieux Sonnenwirth laureate, ASM's highest award given for leadership in clinical microbiology, and received ASM's American Board for Medical Microbiology Professional Recognition Award in 2017. Dr. Sharp has recently served as an advisor to the CLSI Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Sub-Committee, and is a current member of the CLSI AST Resistance Working Group and the Methods Application and Interpretation Working Group. She is an active member of the Board of Scientific Councilors for the Office of Infectious Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a member of the College of Pathologists Microbiology Resource Committee. Dr. Sharp is a Past-President of ASM and a former member of ASM's Board of Directors.
Dr. Sharp has given numerous lectures and workshops nationally and internationally, and has numerous publications in the field of clinical microbiology. Her most prominent area of interest has centered on cost-effective, clinically-relevant diagnostic microbiology.