Joseph Meeuwsen is studying in Dr. Joseph Beckman's laboratory in the Biochemistry & Biophysics department through the Molecular & Cellular Biology program. Meeuwsen researches the effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Through examining the relationship between the enzyme superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) and ALS, Meeuwsen investigates the genetic linkage of the mutations of SOD1 and its potential role in ALS. With his knowledge and use of mass spectrometry, Meeuwsen studies the potential treatments for ALS at a molecular level using mice as the model of study.
Being the first of his family to attend college, Joseph Meeuwsen graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. Meeuwsen initial interest in wildlife was changed to molecular biology after his extensive involvement with undergraduate research during his time at OIT and his time with the Research Experience for Undergraduates program offered by the University of California, Berkeley. Meeuwsen diversifies himself by playing a range of “eclectic” music on his guitar and drums. With his passion in biology, Meeuwsen's future goals include explaining the importance of investing time and resources in science education within the community. Meeuwesen hopes to develop new way to effectively communicate science to the public and educate the community on the benefits of scientific education.