- Class Year1987
- Degree B.S. Chemistry
Sharon Sweitzer, Ph.D., is director of the functional genomics department for GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company. Prior to GSK, Sharon worked for two decades in an industrial position with SmithKline Beecham, where she gained substantial knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and structural biology. Sharon, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Loyola in 1987, says her degree in chemistry laid the groundwork for her career. While at Loyola, she was the match secretary of the women’s rugby club and a founding member of the croquet club, and she enjoyed the relationships she forged on campus. “What I value most from my time at Loyola is making life-long friends,” she says. Sharon, who is originally from Westminster, Md., went on to earn her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Purdue University. In her current position with GSK, she and her team work with genome editing, among various processes, to help data scientists identify new medicine. “Knowing great people who struggle with diseases is a motivator for me as I work to discover the next generation of transformational medicines.”
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Chemistry as a discipline underlies molecular biology and biochemistry. My Loyola education and experience allowed me to be successful in graduate school.