Joy has worked with Embryonic Stem (ES) cells since the early 1990’s. Her research focussed on using ES cells to understand the regulation of early developmental decisions in the mammal. In her publications she was the first to analyse the complexity of the stem cell lineage in culture and show how lineage progression was regulated, revealing a novel role for amino acid metabolism in cell decision making. Her work modelling gastrulation, a process common to all vertebrates and found in some form in most multicellular animals, contributed to our understanding of how decision making is regulated by genes, proteins and epigenetics. In her role as Scientific Director at the Basil Hetzel Institute, Joy has put her pipettes away and works to support the Director, scientists and students to achieve their research goals.
1981 – 1984: Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Adelaide, South Australia
1986 – 1990: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
2006 – 2011: Senior Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne.
2011 – 2014: Senior Research Fellow, Menzies Institute of Medical Research, University of Tasmania
2014 – 2017: Senior Research Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.