Susanne Swalley received Bachelor’s degrees in music and chemistry from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Throughout her graduate school years she continued to pursue her musical interests as an active member in the chamber music program. She moved to the Boston area in 1998 to perform postdoctoral work at Harvard. During this time she played percussion in the Harvard Summer Band and rehearsal piano and pit for the MIT Musical Theater Guild.
A native of Santa Barbara, CA, Sue is now settled in the northeast. She works as a research scientist at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, and is kept even busier by her husband and two young daughters.