Noreena Sweeney

Year of Graduation: 2015, Ph.D
Research Lab: Dr. David Frick
Major Area of Focus: Biochemistry
Minor Area of Focus: Organic Chemistry

Previously Attended

University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987-1991, B.S. Computer Engineering
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 2008-2010, B.S. Chemistry

Why I like Chemistry

Chemistry is fun! It allows me to understand real-world phenomena and gives me the tools to solve real-world problems.

Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee is an excellent program. The professors are top-notch teachers and passionate about their research. The staff are all very nice and helpful.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee

Watching Milwaukee Repertory Theater plays, hiking Kettle Moraine State Forest, visiting Discovery World and Milwaukee Art Museum, summer festivals.

Research Goals

Investigate and synthesize transition state analog inhibitors of the Hepatitis C NS3 helicase (NS3h)enzyme. Develop an assay that will utilize NS3h transition state analogs.


Carlson, C.A.; Sweeney, N.L.; Nasse M.J.; Woehl, J.C., “The corral trap: fabrication and software development”, Proceedings of SPIE (2010), Volume: 7571, Pages: 757108-757108-6.