Joe was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and did his undergraduate training at Saint John’s University where he studied organometallic synthesis with Chris Schaller. Following an undergraduate research experience with Jeff Johnson at Hope College, Joe taught middle school chemistry in Hanga Tanzania for one year. He pursued a PhD in the lab of Jared Lewis at the University of Chicago where he studied C-H functionalization. Joe then spent a year at Vertex Pharmaceuticals where he witnessed how synthetic innovation accelerates drug discovery. He conducted postdoctoral research in the lab or Eric Jacobsen at Harvard University studying enantioselective SN2 reactions of ion pairs. Joe spent a year working with Eugene Kwan in the Data Rich Experimentation group at Merck where he evaluated computational methods for modeling organic reactions. Joe began his position at Michigan State University in 2023. Outside of research and teaching, Joe is enthusiastic about having fun outside, chasing his kids, and family singalongs to the music of Daniel Tiger.