BS, Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 2002
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, 2012
Joel Spencer earned his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine in 2002. After working with Drs. Bogi Andersen and Bruce Tromberg at UCI, Joel branched out into the field of optical engineering and began working with Dr. Charles Lin at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in 2005 where he helped develop intravital imaging platforms for small animals. He applied intravital imaging to a host of projects. Among them, he studied the role of regulatory and effector T cells in the immune response to islet cell transplantation.
During his time at the Wellman Center, he received an SPIE scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering in 2009. He also completed his PhD in biomedical engineering at Tufts University in June 2012. For his doctoral thesis, he developed a microscope system to measure oxygen tension in live animals based upon two-photon phosphorescence quenching method and quantitatively characterized bone marrow oxygen tension in vivo.