Mainstream medical practices focus predominantly on identifying and treating sick people, frequently using a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Researchers at The University of Arizona on the other hand use new and advanced technologies to devise tools that foster wellness, tailored to individuals. Precision Health strives to avoid the occurrence of disease by predicting individual’s disease potential and designing tailored wellness strategies to prevent the occurrence of disease.
Joe is a researcher at a Lakota community-based company, Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc. (MBIRI). He obtained his MS in Pharmaceutics in 2014 from the University of Washington. Joe has grounded his research education in public health, anthropology, and American Indian studies coursework. He was a biomedical technician at Loyola University and the University of Wisconsin, as well as a high school science/math teacher in South Dakota reservation communities for many years. Joe is an Indigenous American and his origins are from Mexico (P’urhepecha and Raramuri Indians) and his wife and children are enrolled members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST).
Joe has extensive community based participatory action and justice research in American Indigenous communities through the Northwest-Alaska Pharmacogenomics Research Network, the Center for Genomics & Health Care Equality, the Center for Ethical Indigenous Genomic Research (CEIGR), and the Summer Internship for Native American in Genomics.