Dr. Joy Balta completed his BSc in Zoology from the Lebanese University (Beirut, Lebanon) with honors. After which he was recruited by the Lebanese American University (LAU), School of Medicine to join a founding team as the Lab Technician in Anatomy & Microbiology where he developed his interest in Anatomical Sciences. After securing a faculty development grant from LAU, Dr. Balta completed an MSc in Human Anatomy from the University of Dundee (Scotland, United Kingdom). He then returned to LAU as an Instructor of Anatomical Sciences.
In 2013, he joined the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience at University College Cork, Ireland as a faculty member to teach anatomy to different cohorts of students in the School of Medicine, Clinical therapies and Dentistry. During this period, Dr. Balta conducted research on the utility of embalming fluids for anatomical education and research which lead to his award of a PhD in Anatomical Sciences. In April 2018, Dr. Balta was recruited as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University and on the 1st of December 2018 he joined the department as a full-time faculty.
Dr. Balta is interested in researching the best possible ways to benefit from the generous gift of human body donors. In order to achieve that, he has been investigating several embalming techniques to preserve the human body in a realistic fashion. He has developed national and international collaborations to achieve this purpose and he is currently the coordinator of the alternative preservation techniques group of the American Association of Anatomists.
Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Balta developed an interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning that led him to complete a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TLHE) and he received an MA in TLHE in 2019.