Joel Frohlich is a neuroscience PhD candidate and graduate student researcher at UCLA working in the laboratory of Dr. Shafali Jeste. He is currently on leave from the university while conducting research in Basel, Switzerland as an intern at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG. 

The path to scientific understanding is long and winding. Teaching others about science through writing is a great passion in Joel's life. Joel’s science writing for a general audience has appeared on the websites of publications such as The AtlanticPsychology Today, Aeon, and Motherboard. He is a senior editor and regular contributor at Knowing Neurons. In 2016, Joel was jointly awarded the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Next Generation Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience,” for his contributions to Knowing Neurons.

Joel graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2012 with a B.S. in neuroscience. His dissertation research focuses on electrophysiological signal complexity as a biomarker of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Joel is the recipient of a predoctoral fellowship from the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics at UCLA. 

When he is not engaged in neuroscience, Joel's other hobbies include exploring national parks and reading about other fields of science such as astronomy and space exploration.