Tissue-Based Diagnosis and Research Core

Meet Our Team

Hector Monforte, M.D. Pathology

Dr. Monforte is the section chief of Anatomic Pathology and also supports the research mission of Johns Hopkins All Children’s by serving as director of the Tissue-Based Diagnosis and Research Core and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Pediatric Biorepository. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico. He completed his anatomic pathology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, and fellowships at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
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Diana Skapura, B.S., HTL(ASCP)CM

Diana Skapura, B.S., HTL(ASCP)CM Research Histotechnologist Section Supervisor

Diana Skapura joined the Tissue-Based Diagnosis and Research Core in 2019 after serving as a histotechnologist II at Largo Medical Center for over a year. She has worked in research for 25 years, with 15 years of experience in histology.

She joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s in 1999 as a medical technologist in the immunoparameters laboratory. In 2001, she transferred to the Molecular Genetics Lab of Gary Litman, Ph.D., as a laboratory coordinator. In this lab utilizing multiple species, she was doing histology and sequencing on multiple platforms, as well as additional molecular techniques. She then joined the Molecular Determinants Core lab of David Graham, Ph.D., where she processed samples for HPLC and mass spectrometry analysis, and assisted in getting the new lab equipped.

Before joining the hospital, she was a staff biologist with Mote Marine Laboratory. She contributed to improving techniques for culturing larval fish, by evaluating egg quality and dose response for hormone induction of ovulation.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of South Florida, and earned her certification in histotechnology in 2018. She is certified by ASCP and licensed by the state of Florida as a histotechnologist. She also holds a licensure in serology. She has authorship on posters, presentations, and publications.



Alexis D'Amour

Alexis D'Amour Anatomic Pathology Biospecimen Technician

Alexis D’Amour is a biospecimen technician in Anatomic Pathology and the Tissue-Based Diagnosis and Research Core. She assists the pathologist, pathologists’ assistant and histotechnologists in preparing case materials for diagnosis and research. She operates and maintain equipment such as autostainers and processors in both departments.

She joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s in 2018 as a lab processor. She is experienced in receiving and accessioning patient samples, utilizing multiple Lab Information Systems, and in working at a blood donor testing center.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology, with a concentration in biomedical sciences, from the University of South Florida.