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Women's Leadership Profile: Jamie Moroco

Rho Lambda, a leadership and honor society for sorority women, features individuals in a Women’s Leadership Series based on their contributions to campus life and their achievements as role models in the Carnegie Mellon and greater Pittsburgh communities. Jamie Moroco is the organization’s current honoree.

Moroco, a senior biological science major, volunteers at a local hospital performing cancer research and has led her sorority through the process of becoming a nationally affiliated organization.

When she’s not in class, Moroco volunteers in the Magee-Womens Hospital breast cancer clinical research program. When her uncle was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, she decided she wanted to research the disease so people didn’t have to go through the pain of losing loved ones anymore.

“I have since realized through my work at Magee that a cure for cancer will never exist,” she said. “But ... there is much work to be done.”

Moroco currently works in a lab at the Hillman Cancer Center, one of the largest networks for cancer care in the country. She researches genes and their targets relating to cancer.

“I love working there because I get to do experiments all day, and I know that as small as my contribution may seem right now, I know it will do some good and be worth it in the long run,” Moroco said.

In addition to performing cancer research, Moroco is president of Alpha Chi Omega, the sorority previously called Zeta Psi Sigma. Last spring, she helped Zeta, which used to be the university’s only independent Greek organization, become nationally affiliated.

“I’ve learnt as president that the key to getting a job done is through delegation,” she said. “It’s impossible to get work done if you try doing it all yourself.”

As president of Alpha Chi Omega, Moroco wants to change the way sorority life is portrayed and hopes to break the stereotypes people hold of it.

“If a bad thing happens in the sorority, people know about it. But the good things are not publicized,” she said.
“Jamie is an excellent leader in the Greek community,” said Rho Lambda President Emily Rhodes, a senior biology major. Rhodes said Moroco always supports other sororities and participates in their philanthropy events.

“Jamie is always willing go the extra mile to make sure that her organization is well represented,” Rhodes said.
Moroco is also pushing herself academically. Along with her regular course load, she is taking a graduate-level class in advanced molecular biology.

She is also an active member of biological sciences student advisory council and currently in the process of applying to graduate school in molecular biology for a concentration in cancer biology.

“It’s pressing at times. But I’m not going to lie — I like to be the center of attention,” she said. “The more I do, the better organized I am, because I have more to remember.”

Hailing from a town an hour outside Pittsburgh, Moroco has stayed very close with her family and hopes to stay close to home even after graduation.

Her future plans include lab research, possibly on cancer, and teaching college students.

“If I could, I would go audition for American Idol and if [I was] better at it, I’d probably [study] drama,” she said. “But I can’t really cure cancer with a drama degree.”