Associate Professor, Chemistry, The College of New Jersey
Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago and The Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation
Ph.D., Physics, The University of Arizona
B.S., Physics with Chemistry minor, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The College of New Jersey
2014 - present
Joe has worked at TCNJ since 2014 when he joined the Chemistry Department as an Assistant Professor. TCNJ is a primarily undergraduate institution where faculty work as Teacher-Scholars focused on the engagement of undergraduates in experiential learning and research, which provides transformative experiences for their students. He teaches courses in general chemistry, quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, and computational chemistry. His computational chemistry/biophysics group uses molecular simulations and machine learning methods to study the dynamics and interactions of biomolecules, such as proteins, membranes, and bacterial pili, in ionic liquids and other solvents. We aim to understand how these molecules function under different conditions and how they can be targeted for drug discovery and materials design.
The University of Chicago
2012 - 2014
As a postdoc in the Chemistry Department and The Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation at The University of Chicago, Joe worked in the group of Greg Voth and studied actin filaments, essential components of the cell cytoskeleton that play a critical role in many cellular processes. His research focused on understanding how actin filaments function at the molecular level, which could lead to the development of new therapies for diseases that affect the cytoskeleton. He used both all-atom and coarse-grained simulations to model actin filaments and their interactions with other proteins, such as myosin and formin. Joe also studied the role of magnesium ions in actin filament dynamics. His research has helped to improve our understanding of how actin filaments assemble, disassemble, and interact with other proteins, which is essential for developing new drugs that target actin-related diseases.
Ph.D. in Physics
The University of Arizona
2003 - 2011
B.S. in Physics with Chemistry Minor
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1999 - 2003