Joey graduated from the University of Michigan in 2019 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Sociocultural Anthropology. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a research assistant in Orie Shafer’s chronobiology lab at the University of Michigan. He completed a senior honors thesis that explored the role of glia in the Drosophila circadian clock neural network, a project he is expanding on at the ASRC. Interested in the advances of neurotechnology and medicine, Joey also spent the summer of 2018 as a research student at the University of Freiburg in Germany, where he studied mathematical head-brain models in epilepsy patients.
In 2019, he followed Dr. Orie Shafer from Michigan to New York, where he joined the Shafer group as a research assistant and lab manager.
Using Drosophila to study both circadian behavior and neural anatomy, his research is focused on the function of glial cells in regulating the brain’s dynamic timekeeping system.