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.