Shawn Sweeney, PhD

Shawn M. Sweeney, PhD, is a scientist, educator, and life-long cyclist. As associate director of translational research at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), he serves as liaison for the AACR’s Clinical and Translational Cancer Research Committee (CTCRC) and scientific working groups; project lead and content developer for the AACR Cancer Progress Report series; and internal scientific consultant. Before joining the AACR, Sweeney was a research associate in the Institute for Medicine and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. His more than 15-year career in research focused on the role of the microenvironment in cardiovascular development and disease, as well as in tumor metastasis. Sweeney is also an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the International University of the Health Sciences’ School of Medicine. He firmly believes in the power of bicycles to transform individuals, neighborhoods, cities, countries, and ultimately the world. Sweeney lives in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.