Mark Sweezy, Ph.D.

Interim Department Chair, Department of Chemistry, School of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees B.S., Western State College (Colorado)
Ph.D., University of Vermont
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Mark Sweezy, Ph.D., earned his BA in Biology from Western State College of Colorado and his Ph.D. in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics from the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. While at Vermont, Sweezy was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on the biochemical regulation of double-strand DNA break repair. After earning his Ph.D., Sweezy secured further funding from the NSF to pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado, investigating the role of microtubule motor proteins in chromosome segregation. He then took a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at the University of New England in Biddeford Maine, where he continued his research in genome instability with funding from the Maine Space Grant Consortium while developing and implementing courses in biochemistry and cell biology. Dr. Sweezy joined USJ’s Pharmacy program in 2010 as a founding faculty member.


Dr. Sweezy’s research at USJ focuses on genome instability and carcinogenesis. Current efforts are directed toward the characterization of the mechanism of action of a novel class of compounds with selective cancer cell killing activity.