Sharon was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. She obtained the B.Sc. in Applied Physics and Instrumentation in Cork Institute of Technology and subsequently spent some time working in industry as an Automation Engineer. She recently completed her Ph.D. degree as part of the CAPPA group in Cork Institute of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Stephen P. Hegarty with research focused on wavelength swept III-V/silicon hybrid photonic crystal lasers. Her current research interests include integration of hybrid lasers, photonic crystal lasers, frequency modulated and wavelength swept lasers, and laser dynamics.