Dr. Stephen Skorczynski
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Stephen Skorczynski graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1979 and La Salle College in 1983 where he received a BA in Chemistry. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 1988 from the Pennsylvania State University studying under Dr. Gordon A. Hamilton. His research in the area of Bioanalytical Chemistry and Enzymology centered on the study of intracellular messenger systems for various hormones including insulin. While at Penn State, his work led to the discovery of an entirely new class of mammalian metabolites and to publications in a variety of scientific journals, including an article in Chemical & Engineering News.
After graduate school, Stephen was briefly employed as a Post Doctoral Fellow at Penn State before accepting a position in 1989 as a Pesticide Residue Chemist and Study Director in the Agricultural Research Division of American Cyanamid Company. As a Senior Research Chemist at American Home Products from 1997 to 2000 and at BASF from 2000 to 2001, his responsibilities expanded to include Toxicology and Ecotoxicology Analysis and Analytical Coordination of both domestic and international contract laboratories. In 2001, Stephen accepted a position as Project Leader and Laboratory Coordinator at Cerexagri, an agricultural products subsidiary of Atofina Chemical Company. At Cerexagri, he directed numerous studies in the areas of Residue Chemistry, Plant & Soil Metabolism. Today, Stephen is a Group Leader in the Formulations Development and Product Support Group at JRF America, a subsidiary of United Phosphorus Incorporated. In his professional career, Stephen has published or presented over 18 scientific papers, organized 2 international scientific meetings and received several awards for his accomplishments in Chemistry.
Throughout his life, Stephen has been very active in Philadelphia’s Polish community. As a child he attended the Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School where he currently teaches Polish history and is the recording secretary of the school. Prior to starting college, Stephen joined the Polish Intercollegiate Club of Philadelphia and performed in the group for over 20 years and, at one time, served as Vice-President of the organization. He has been a member of the Associated Polish Home for over 25 years and has served on the board of directors either as director, recording secretary and for the last 2 years as President of the organization. From 1996 to 2002, he was an actor in the Adam Mularczyk Theatre Company where he played comedic roles in several well-received productions and is featured in two published biographies of the Theater Group.
Stephen, his wife Dorothy and their two children, Christopher and Anthony, are actively involved in their Polish heritage. Stephen supports many Polish organizations through active participation in their events.