Joann Sweasy, PhD

Director, Cancer Center
Nancy C. and Craig M. Berge Endowed Chair for the Director of the Cancer Center
Associate Director, Basic Sciences
Cancer Biology Program

Dr. Sweasy earned her doctoral degree from Rutgers University, studying the role of the RecA protein in the SOS response to DNA damage, under the direction of Dr. Evelyn M. Witkin. She initiated her research on the fidelity of DNA synthesis at the University of Washington in Dr. Lawrence Loeb’s laboratory. After joining Yale University School of Medicine in 1993, she rose through the ranks to become the Ensign Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and Associate Director for Basic Sciences at the Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Sweasy is currently a tenured professor in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, and Associate Director, Basic Sciences at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.