Jeffery M. Tharp, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, (Beginning September 2022)

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Indiana University School of Medicine


Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-Present

Department of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry

Yale University

Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, 2012-2018

Department of Chemistry

Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, 2008-2012

Department of Chemistry and Physics

Indiana State University

Jeffery was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana where he attended Terre Haute South Vigo High School. After graduating as a member of the National Honor Society he attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a concentration in Biochemistry. Though majoring in Chemistry, Jeffery conducted his undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Michael Angilletta in the field of evolutionary ecology studying how animals adapt to climate change. After graduating magna cum laude from Indiana State, Jeffery joined the research group of Professor Wenshe Liu at Texas A&M University to complete his doctoral studies. His Ph.D. thesis, entitled Expanding the Chemical Diversity of Phage-Displayed Peptide Libraries, focused on applying the technique of genetic code expansion by nonesene suppression to screen phage-displayed peptide libraries containing non-canonical amino acids. Jeffery earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M in May of 2018. In July of the same year he joined the laboratory of Professor Dieter Söll in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University as a Postdoctoral Fellow.. 



  • NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (NIGMS), 2021
  • Best Oral Presentation, 4th Annual Yale Postdoc Symposium, 2021
  • Marie and Jim H. Galloway '29 Graduate Scholarship, 2018
  • Martin Donald Corera Memorial Endowed Fund Travel Award, 2018
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon Travel Award, 2018
  • Lechner Scholarship, 2012
  • Earl C. Smith Chemistry Award, 2010
  • Dr. William W. Drummy Scholarship, 2008


  • RNA Society, 2020–Present
  • Yale Postdoctoral Association (YPA), 2018–Present
  • Alliance for Diversity in Science & Engineering, 2018–Present
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), 2011–Present
  • Organization for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry (OCDC), Board Member, 2015–2018
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemistry Society, Member, 2016–2018
  • Graduate Student Association of Chemistry (GSAC), Biological Division Representative, 2016–2018
  • LGBTQA+ Graduate Group of Texas A&M 2012–2014
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Fraternity, Member, 2009–2011
  • American Chemical Society - Student Affiliates, 2008–2011


  • Certificate of College Teaching Preparation, Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University, 2021

  • Academy for Future Faculty Certificate, Center for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University, 2017
  • G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate, Texas A&M University, 2017