Joe grew up in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry at Grove City College in 2015. After graduation, he and his wife moved to Pittsburgh where Joe joined the Brummond Lab while pursuing his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. Joe is a sixth year graduate student studying the mechanisms of reactivity and product selectivity for the dearomative intramolecular didehydro-Diels-Alder reaction of vinylagous heteroarenes. When not in lab, Joe enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife and 9-month son.