• Joel is originally from Jasper, Texas where he was active in the school’s UIL academic team and band programs. After graduating from high school, he attended Northwestern State University of Louisiana where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Biomedical Concentration and minors in Chemistry and Microbiology (2008). While there, he was active in the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band, Symphony Band, the Tri-Beta National Biology Honor Society where he served as chapter president his senior year, and was a tutor coordinator for the University Academic Center, tutoring numerous allied health students in introductory biology and chemistry courses.

    Joel decided to continue his studies by attending graduate school and performing biomedical research. He attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he joined the Graduate Program in Integrative Molecular & Biomedical Sciences. There, he did his doctoral thesis work in the lab of Olivier Lichtarge, where he focused on the biochemical characterization of an essential protein in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Upon conferment of his Ph.D. (2017), Joel decided to pursue a teaching career where he is currently in his first year teaching Anatomy and Physiology courses at Coastal Bend College in Beeville, TX.

    Joel has been married to his wife, Robin, for nine years. They have a cat, Maia, who is very friendly and purrs loudly. In his spare time, Joel has played trumpet, euphonium/baritone, and French horn for Houston-area community bands, records area high school marching bands for archival purposes, and collects baseball, basketball, football cards.