Joseph is a 6th-year M.D./Ph.D. student working with Dr. Jeffrey Loeb and Dr. Fernando Testai (co-mentor) in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Originally from New York, Joseph attended the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo, where he completed a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Spanish Language & Literature. Joseph conducted organic chemistry research in the laboratory of Professor Cristina Geiger, synthesizing and characterizing novel derivatives of benzimidazole compounds and studying their cytotoxic effects on cancer cell lines. Joseph also completed a summer fellowship at Hunter College in New York City designing natural product antagonists to MDMA that bind serotonin and adrenergic receptors in the brain. In medical school, Joseph developed a passion for the field of neuroimmunology.
His current work focuses on neuroinflammation in the brain following SAH and how this drives the development of epileptic networks. In particular, Joseph is studying microglial activation in response to SAH and the role of various immune signaling molecules in contributing to poor outcome. Joseph is interested in pursuing a career in neurocritical care. Outside of the lab, Joseph is heavily involved in medical education and leadership at UICOM, having served as the President of the Chicago Medical Student Council (CMSC), a peer tutor for USMLE Step 1, and helped develop the UICOM Student Curricular Board (SCB). When not at work, Joe enjoys running and traveling.