Jordan Skorupa began her career at St. Jude as a research technician in the lab of Dr. Esther Obeng, MD, PhD, Molecular Oncology Division. After witnessing her grandfather’s tough battle with cancer, she was inspired to seek out a career in research, aimed toward advancing cures for catastrophic diseases and bringing forward new findings to the scientific community.
Skorupa earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2021 from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. As an undergraduate, she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship and named a McGowan Endowed Scholar. Skorupa’s dedication to her studies did not go unnoticed by her professors, who voted her winner of the Faculty Merit Award in Biology for the class of 2021. After graduating, she moved back to her hometown of Memphis where she began studying hematopoietic stem cells and the development of targeted cancer therapies at St. Jude. Working as a researcher solidified her decision to pursue a PhD, as she was constantly inspired by fellow scientists and the multitude of discoveries being made daily. By working towards a degree in biomedical sciences, she hopes to make lasting research contributions which better the lives of those with chronic illness and disease.
Hometown: Memphis, TN