Joann Sweasy^

Director, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Joann Sweasy^

Director, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Degrees and Appointments

  • B.A., Biology and Chemistry, Arcadia University, 1980
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, Rutgers University, 1989
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, 1993
  • Member NCI Subcommittee A, NCI Designated Cancer Centers 2017 - 2022

Research Specialities:

  • Nucleic Acids and Genomes
  • Spectroscopy/Molecular Structure

Research

Dr. Sweasy is an internationally recognized expert the genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry of DNA repair. For the past 25 years her laboratory has been consistently funded by the National Cancer Institute to study the molecular basis of mutagenesis and dysfunctional DNA repair as they relate to human diseases including cancer and autoimmunity. Dr. Sweasy’s research focuses on how aberrant DNA repair leads to mutations that result in human diseases, such as cancer. A major focus of her laboratory is to understand how genetic variants in DNA repairs genes, including genes that function in homology-directed repair, non-homologous end-joining and base-excision repair impact cancer risk and treatment.

Awards and Honors

  • Arcadia University Women’s Board Scholarship, 1977-1980
  • American Institute of Chemists Medal, 1980
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, elected 1980
  • Merck Predoctoral Fellow, 1987-1989
  • Genetics Society of America Travel Award, 1989
  • National Research Service Award, National Cancer Institute, 1990-1993
  • Argall and Anna Hull Fellowship, 1994
  • American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award, 1996
  • Donaghue Investigator Award, 2000-2005
  • Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society Award, 2016
  • Yale University Postdoctoral Mentoring Award, 2017

 

 

 

Faculty Joint Faculty Biochemistry