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Dr. Sherrier's research program has focused on plant-microbe interactions, with an emphasis on mutually beneficial symbioses between rhizobia soil microbes and legume plants. Her laboratory has partnered with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension to develop new rhizobial inoculants for crops.    
Since she joined the University of Delaware in 1999, she has served in a number of administrative roles, including interim chairperson and chairperson for the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences; acting associate dean for research and graduate studies; acting deputy dean for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and acting deputy director of the Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station. She is the recipient of the DuPont Young Professor Award, a Fellow of the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education and a recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Borlaug Fellowship. Her program has received grants from USDA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and corporate sponsors.  
She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Baylor University and a doctorate in biology from Texas A&M University. She completed postdoctoral research programs in genetics at the John Innes Centre and in biochemistry at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.