Joey Lo completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia, where she gained interest in the field of urology through her involvement with Dr. Ben Chew’s and Dr. Dirk Lange’s research team as part of her UBC Science Co-op experience. Through her co-op placement, Joey worked on several projects, including the study of Oxalobacter formigenes for oxalate degradation, the effect of ureteral stent conditioning films on bacterial adhesion, and Caulobacter crescentus as a novel therapy against bladder cancer. The Caulobacter project was of particular interest to Joey and, as such, it lead her to complete a directed studies course based solely on the bacterium in collaboration with the Smit Lab at UBC.
Following undergrad, Joey pursued a graduate degree, and finished her M.Sc. under the UBC Experimental Medicine Program. Her main research is on the use of antimicrobial coatings on urinary catheters to prevent bacterial attachment and subsequent infections, a project done in collaboration with several specialized laboratories located at UBC under the Departments of Pathology, Chemistry, and Materials Engineering.