Brigham and Women's Hospital-Harvard Medical School Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Faculty: Sunita Sharma, M.D.
Sunita Sharma, M.D.
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Sunita Sharma, MD, MPH is an Associate Physician in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She spends her clinical time in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Brigham and Women's Hospital where she supervises pulmonary fellows, medical residents, and medical students. 

Dr. Sharma is also a faculty member of the Respiratory, Environmental, and Genetic Epidemiology group of the Channing Laboratory where her research is in the genomics of complex respiratory diseases. Her research focuses on using integrative genomic approaches to human fetal lung development to identify the genetic determinants of complex respiratory diseases including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Her specific research utilizes gene expression profiling and genome-wide association genotypic data from fetal lung tissue to identify genetic sequence variants that regulate in utero gene expression and subsequently contribute to impaired lung function in patients with asthma and COPD.


  1. Sharma S, Poon A, Himes BE, Lasky-Su J, Sordillo JE, Belanger K, Milton DK, Bracken MB, Triche EW, Leaderer BP, Gold DR, Litonjua AA. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2011 Dec 23 [epub ahead of print]. PMID: 22192168.

  2. Sordillo JE, Sharma S, Poon A, Lasky-Su J, Belanger K, Milton DK, Bracken MB, Triche EW, Leaderer BP, Gold DR, Litonjua AA. Effects of endotoxin exposure on childhood asthma risk are modified by a genetic polymorphism in ACAA1. BMC Med Genet. 2011;12:158. PMID:22151743; PMC3252252

  3. Melén E, Kho A, Sharma S, Gaedigk R, Leeder JS, Mariani TJ, Carey VJ, Weiss ST, Tantisira KG. Expression analysis of asthma candidate genes during human and murine lung development. Respir Res. 2011;12:86. PMID: 21699702; PMC3141421.

  4. Sharma S, Murphy A, Howrylak J, Himes B, Cho MH, Chu JH, Hunninghake GM, Fuhlbrigge A, Klanderman B, Ziniti J, Senter-Sylvia J, Liu A, Szefler SJ, Strunk R, Castro M, Hansel NN, Diette GB, Vonakis BM, Adkinson NF Jr, Carey VJ, Raby BA. The impact of self-identified race on epidemiologic studies of gene expression. Genet Epidemiol. 2011;35(2):93-101. PMID:21254216.

  5. Hunninghake GM, Chu JH, Sharma S, Cho MH, Himes BE, Rogers AJ, Murphy A, Carey VJ, Raby BA. The CD4+ T-cell transcriptome and serum IgE in asthma:IL17RB and the role of sex. BMC Pulm Med. 2011;11:17. PMID: 21473777; PMC3080837.

  6. Sharma S, Tantisira K, Carey V, Murphy A, Lasky-Su J, Celedón J, Lazarus R, Klanderman B, Rogers A, Soto-Quirós M, Avila L, Mariani T, Gaedigk R, Leeder S, Torday J, Warburton D, Raby B, and S. Weiss.  A role for WNT-signaling genes in the pathogenesis of impaired lung function in asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010; 181(4): 328-36. PMID: 19926868.

  7. Rogers A, Brasch-Andersen C, Ionita-Laza I, Murphy A, Sharma S, Klanderman B, and Raby BA.  The interaction of glutathione S-transferase M1-null variants with tobacco smoke exposure and the development of childhood asthma.  Clin Exp Allergy. 2009;39(11):1721-9. PMID:19860819.

  8. Sharma S, Murphy AJ, Soto-Quirós ME, Avila L, Klanderman BJ, Sylvia JS, Celedón JC, Raby BA, and Weiss ST. Association of VEGF polymorphisms with asthma, lung function, and airway responsiveness. Eur Respir J. 2009;33(6):1287-94. PMID: 19196819.

  9. Sharma S, Raby BA, Hunninghake GM, Soto-Quirós M, Avila L, Murphy AJ, Lasky-Su J, Klanderman BJ, Sylvia JS, Weiss ST, and Celedón JC. Variants in TGF?1, dust mite exposure, and disease severity in children with asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009;179(5):356-62. PMID: 19096005.

  10. Sharma S, Litonjua AA, Tantisira KG, Fuhlbrigge AL, Szefler SJ, Strunk RC, Zeiger RS, Murphy AJ, and Weiss ST. Clinical predictors and outcomes of consistent bronchodilator response in the childhood asthma management program. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008;122(5):921-928. PMID: 18848350.

  11. Sharma S and Malhotra A. Comment on Risk factors of relative adrenocortical deficiency in intensive care patients needing mechanical ventilation. Invited contribution for the Journal Club of the Assembly on Critical Care of the American Thoracic Society, April 2005.

  12. Sharma S, Tleyjeh I, Espinosa R, Costello B, Baddour L.  Pacemaker infection due to mycobacterium fortuitum.  Scand J Infect Dis. 2005;37(1):66-68. PMID: 15773026

  13. Sharma S, Nadrous HF, Peters SG, Tefferi A, Litzow MR, Aubry MC, Afessa B. Pulmonary complications in adult blood and marrow transplant recipients: autopsy findings. Chest. 2005;128:1385-1392. PMID: 16162733