Joann Sweasy^

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 Specialties: Nucleic Acids and Genomes, Spectroscopy/Molecular Structure

Research and Publications

Research Description

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.