Professor emeritus, Ph.D. Department of Clinical Genetics, University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Marianne Schwartz graduated in biochemistry (nucleotide metabolism) at Copenhagen University in 1968. During the following years as associate professor she specialized in the genetic control of pyrimidine biosynthesis in bacteria and earned her PhD in 1974. A growing interest in human genetics, and a desire to contribute to the development of molecular diagnostic analyses in clinical genetics, led to an abrupt shift in Dr. Schwartz’ career. In 1979, after a few years of employment as associate researcher at The Kennedy Institute, Glostrup, she was appointed to the Department of Clinical Genetics at Rigshospitalet, the main university hospital in Denmark, where she established and led the "DNA laboratory" (later "Laboratory of Molecular Genetics"). In 1982 Marianne Schwartz upgraded her skills in molecular analytical techniques through participation in the legendary postgraduate course "Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms and Human Genetics" at the University of Leiden. During more than 25 years Dr. Schwartz pioneered the field of diagnostic DNA analyses in Denmark, her main interests being the molecular genetics of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, and mitochondrial myopathies.


She is an honorary member of the Danish Society of Medical Genetics and was appointed adjunct professor in molecular genetics at Copenhagen University in 2002. Professor Marianne Schwartz retired in 2009.