Joseph Fritsche

Joey is a graduate student in the lab. He grew up in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a B.S. in Biochemistry and minors in Chemistry and Philosophy. While at Mizzou, Joey was an undergraduate researcher under Dr. Zezong Gu, worked as the Biochemistry Club secretary and as a mentor, and was a teaching assistant for the Macromolecular Techniques Lab and Biochemistry II lecture. In the summer of 2018, Joey participated in the SciLIFT program at Mizzou with Dr. Abraham Koo working to develop a curriculum module for high school science classrooms. Outside of the lab, Joey enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching movies. In 2023, Joey was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP)!


Chen S, Puri A, Bell B, Fritsche J, Palacios HH, Balch M, Sprunger ML, Howard MK, Ryan JJ, Haines JN, Patti GJ, Davis AA, and Jackrel ME (2024). HTRA1 disaggregates α-synuclein amyloid fibrils and coverts them into non-toxic and seeding incompetent species. Nat. Commun. 15: 2436. link