Joy Knickman Roche | Judson College


Joy Knickman Roche

Adjunct Biology Instructor

B.S., Towson State University
M.S., Towson University
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Mrs. Joy Roche was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1997, from Towson State University, located in Towson, Maryland. In 2007 she received her Masters of Science in Biology from Towson University.

After graduation she earned an internship at the United State Army’s Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) at the Edgewood Area Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. There she worked on several projects including the development of a topical skin protectant against mustard gas exposure and wound healing strategies for mustard gas burns.

Upon completing her internship Mrs. Roche accepted a research position at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Catonsville, Maryland. There she worked in an electron microscopy laboratory. The research she focused on investigated the ultrastructural differences in the striatum of individuals with schizophrenia. She also worked as the Tissue Coordinator for the Maryland Brain Collection, archiving over 915 human brains.

In 2007 Mrs. Roche was offered a research position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Department of Psychiatry. Here she continues her electron microscopy work with human brain tissue. She also is an integral part of the Alabama Brain Collection (ABC) where she works as the Tissue Coordinator and donor family liaison. Mrs. Roche is still currently employed at UAB and is still active in the laboratory and the ABC.

In 2012 Mrs. Roche became an Adjunct Biology Instructor at Jefferson State Community College. There she taught general biology and human anatomy and physiology. In 2014 she was offered a faculty position at Marion Military Institute (MMI). She currently teaches full time at MMI. Her classes there include general biology and human anatomy and physiology. Mrs. Roche is also an Adjunct Biology Instructor at Judson College,  where she teaches human anatomy and physiology in the nursing department.

Joy Roche is married to Charlie Roche with their son Aidan Roche. They reside in Chelsea, Alabama with their English bulldogs.

Recent Publications:

Elevated Excitatory Input to the Nucleus Accumbens in Schizophrenia: A Postmortem Ultrastructural Study. McCollum LA, Walker CK, Roche JK, Roberts RC. Schizophr Bull. 2015 Mar 27. pii: sbv030. [Epub ahead of print]

Localization of excitatory amino acid transporters EAAT1 and EAAT2 in human postmortem cortex: a light and electron microscopic study. Roberts RC, Roche JK, McCullumsmith RE. Neuroscience. 2014 Sep 26;277:522-40.

Glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β) expression in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease: a light and electron microscopy study. Gandy JC, Melendez-Ferro M, Bijur GN, Van Leuven F, Roche JK, Lechat B, Devijver H, Demedts D, Perez-Costas E, Roberts RC. Synapse. 2013 Jun;67(6):313-27.

Immunohistochemical localization of enkephalin in the human striatum: a postmortem ultrastructural study. McCollum LA, Roche JK, Roberts RC. Synapse. 2012 Mar;66(3):204-19.

Dopaminergic synapses in the caudate of subjects with schizophrenia: relationship to treatment response. Roberts RC, Roche JK, Conley RR, Lahti AC. Synapse. 2009 Jun;63(6):520-30. doi: 10.1002/syn.20623.

Differential synaptic changes in the striatum of subjects with undifferentiated versus paranoid schizophrenia. Roberts RC, Roche JK, Conley RR. Synapse. 2008 Aug;62(8):616-27.

Synaptic differences in the patch matrix compartments of subjects with schizophrenia: a postmortem ultrastructural study of the striatum. Roberts RC, Roche JK, Conley RR. Neurobiol Dis. 2005 Nov;20(2):324-35.

Synaptic differences in the postmortem striatum of subjects with schizophrenia: a stereological ultrastructural analysis. Roberts RC, Roche JK, Conley RR. Synapse. 2005 Jun 15;56(4):185-97.

Ultrastructural localization of reelin in the cortex in post-mortem human brain. Roberts RC, Xu L, Roche JK, Kirkpatrick B. J Comp Neurol. 2005 Feb 14;482(3):294-308.