Dr. Stacie Woolard Is a Cancer Researcher at St. Jude

Posted by Monica Hoel
Dr. Stacie Woolard is trained in viral immunology, which is Dr. Anthony Fauci’s field, But with her typical razor wit she says she doesn’t want his job: “Nope. I just want to finish my laundry by the end of the week.”

Stacie is a cancer researcher at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis. Her title is a long one, but the gist is that she is a manager of a core lab working with a flow cytometer to collect and sort cells. In many ways, the work she does is what allows all the other research on the premises to occur and succeed.

Stacie was actually headed to a career in medicine but she claims that she realized she didn’t really like people enough to be a doctor. But after talking with her for 10 minutes, it’s clear that she’s exaggerating her disdain for humans just a little, because she is in love with the St. Jude mission statement: “No child should die in the dawn of life.”

Her work in research may not put her in daily direct contact with patients, but the St. Jude campus is laid out in such a way that she and other researchers are constantly aware of who they serve. “One of the main draws for this place is the cafeteria. We eat in the same place where children and families are eating, so we see what we’re working for.”

(Unfortunately, Covid has put a crimp in this tradition.)

She never ceases to be struck by how all the staff members work so hard to make a very serious and frightening time in a child’s life as light-hearted as possible. “I know there’s a lot of cynicism and pessimism in the world, but I really believe everyone there is working for the children.”

There is so much work done to raise money for treatment and for the needs of families, that people don’t always realize how much research goes on at St. Jude. She says there is work going on in their labs on leukemia, sickle cell, hemophilia, Covid, flu and more. And there are scads of outstanding researchers working there. “One day I ran into a Nobel Laureate in the elevator. I geeked out a little.”

Stacie has found herself doing this sort of work because she was fascinated by “the why.” Her E&H biology major has landed her in a place she loves and now she is now trying to answer “the why” for so many families asking that same question.

You can enjoy a conversation with Stacie on The Duck Pond Wall podcast. Find it wherever you listen to podcasts.

  • Dr. Stacie Woolard
    E&H Class of 2004
    Research Operations Manager of the Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Shared Resource Center at St. Jude Hospital

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