Scientist Spotlight: Jordan Owyoung

Welcome to Enable Biosciences’ Scientist Spotlight, a semi-regular blog post highlighting one of our scientists working to bring Enable’s technology to fruition.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi all, I’m Jordan! I’m a Bay Area native who recently graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Genetics and Genomics and a B.A. in Linguistics (go Ags!). At Davis, in addition to school, I also enjoyed being a member on the Division 1 NCAA Women’s Swim Team.

In the future, I hope to continue my education in molecular biology by pursuing a PhD. In graduate school, I plan on researching disease mechanisms to aid the drug industry in better developing disease targeting drugs, making Enable a perfect place for me to be!  

What are you working on at Enable?
I currently work mainly with the Zika and Dengue viruses. I’m refining our ADAP techniques for Zika/Dengue disease diagnosis, pandemic preparedness and public health.  I’m excited to be working on this project because of its potential in the diagnostic world, particularly in tropical regions where these diseases are most prevalent and deadly. Additionally, I have been working on adding Celiac testing to the Type 1 Diabetes panel.

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What do you enjoy to do outside of the lab?
Besides my slight online shopping and Netflix addiction, I love hiking around the Bay Area.  There are so many great hiking spots, it makes it hard to pick only one to go to at a time! Since graduating, I retired as a swimmer and don’t swim as often as I’d like, but I’ve picked up weight lifting in my spare time. I love being able to constantly challenge myself and the feeling of being strong. Other hobbies include reading in hammocks, walking my fluffy golden retriever, Rowan, and drooling over beautiful supercars I’ll never be able to afford.

How did you find Enable?
A simple google search! Although the search “bay area biotech companies” came back with an exhaustive list, only a select few companies had the small, close-knit environment I was looking for coupled with a mission to truly improve the lives of patients.  Enable Biosciences was a part of this short list and I am very glad that I took the time to go through and find them.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Enable Biosciences?
Hands down, the supply of chocolate almonds.  But also, the environment fostered by the scientists here. They’re a fun group of people that are united by a strong focus on improving the lives of patients; it’s a place where I feel I fit in perfectly!