Dr. Dennis Sheeter
Dennis Sheeter, Ph.D. started his scientific career as a thought leader in functional genomics and real-time PCR. Dr. Sheeter attended the University of California, San Diego where he received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. It was in the laboratory of the pioneer HIV researcher, Douglas Richman, MD, where he focused his efforts on understanding the host cell gene response to HIV-1 infection in human CD4 T-cells. His work in the field of genomics led to the establishment of one of the first university run genomics core facilities in the country. In 2003, Dr. Sheeter started his post-doctoral research at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California where he studied the effects of inhibitor compounds on the replication and evolution of HIV-1 protease. In 2004, Dr. Sheeter bridged the gap from academics to the biotechnology sector where he led research teams behind the scenes designing human pathogen detection assays and in customer facing roles where he taught his genomics skills to university professors and scientists in the biopharmaceutical industry. In 2009, Dr. Sheeter became an Adjunct Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where he taught several biology and science courses. For the past nine years, he taught advanced chemistry, was an Upperclassman Dean of Students, the Department Chair of Science and the school photographer at St. Michael's Catholic Academy. In addition, he proudly served as an instructor with the High School Research Initiative, a Dual Enrollment Program, with UT Austin, where he passed on his experience and love for science onto the next generation of scientists. At present, Dr. Sheeter has found a new home at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School where he teaches Chemistry I. Dr. Sheeter resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Christina Swan, Ph.D. and their two children Jasmine, 12 years, and Jonathan, 7 years.