Joseph was first fascinated by research on the early years of high school where his group did antibacterial tests of various plants commonly found in the Philippines. He later shifted his focus in the university towards organic chemistry. His thesis featured synthesis of molecular machines and rotaxanes aiming towards controlled drug release and sequestration. This study was presented in both local and international conferences. He pursued masters under an Erasmus Mundus Chemistry Program (Surface, Electro, Radiation, and Photo-Chemistry) and did his master’s thesis at University of Paris-Saclay. Herein, he focused on degradable polymer nanoparticles as vehicles for cancer drug delivery and tumor imaging. Now, he is pursuing a PhD degree under NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) where he is working on synthesizing novel building blocks (n-type polymers) for polymer-based biosensors.