Joyce is Professor of Human Genetics and Embryology at the Institute for Women’s Health, University College London.  She has been a leader in the field of fertility, genetics and reproductive health since 1987. As well as being an established scientist with over 170 scientific publications, Joyce is a passionate educator of the public and students at all levels, from school children to PhD level.

Joyce studied a BSc in Biochemistry at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London and a PhD in Pharmacology at Kings College, University of London.  She started her career as a clinical embryologist at the London Fertility Centre with Ian Craft.  In 1992 she joined Lord Robert Winston to work on preimplantation genetic diagnosis at the Hammersmith Hospital and joined University College London (UCL) in 1994.

Joyce is Director of Education, heads the Department of Reproductive Health and the Reproductive Science Group and is Director of the Centre for Human Reproduction in the Institute for Women’s Health (IfWH) at UCL.

In 1996 she set up her first MSc programme, prenatal genetics and fetal medicine and in 2009 she set up a further programme, reproductive science and women’s health.  She has made a video to celebrate 20 years of the MSc programmes, from 1996-2016 which can be viewed here.

Her research interests include preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), reproductive genetics, new technology in IVF, embryo selection for IVF, social, ethical and legal issues relating to fertility treatment, social egg freezing and fertility awareness. She currently has three PhD students working on Jewish views to fertility treatment, the legal and ethical aspects of social egg freezing and fertility education.

Joyce is invited to give talks at numerous international conferences including key note and plenary lectures.  She talks on infertility, fertility, reproductive genetics and all aspects of women’s health.

Joyce is writing a book on all aspects of women’s health, from birth to death.  The book is called ‘What every woman should know‘ and Joyce is hoping to take a roadshow around the UK to get women talking about their health and wellbeing.

She runs two events to discuss women’s health:  Wellbeing over 40 which includes talks on nutrition, exercise, sleep, menopause and wellbeing. Watch Joyce talking about this event here. And Career and Motherhood for women who are thinking of starting a family or who have a family and want to discuss juggling career and motherhood which includes talks on nutrition, exercise, sleep, fertility and wellbeing. If you want to arrange one of these events with Joyce – please phone or email.

She has been on the executive committees of the main IVF societies and organisations including ESHREPGDISISPDHFEABritish Fertility Society and the International Society of IVF.

Joyce is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party on Genome Editing.

In 2014, with Alpesh Doshi, Joyce set up the Embryology and PGD Academy which runs training courses in all aspects of laboratory IVF and PGD.  She has made a video to celebrate 20 years of workshops from 1996-2016 which can be viewed here.  In 2018 the Academy launched the Certificate in Clinical Embryology.

In 2015 Joyce established a web-based forum to discuss women’s health issues, Global Women Connected, and has just finished a book on women’s health; what every woman should know, which is currently being prepared for publication.

In 2016, Joyce was one of the founding members of the Fertility Education Initiative and is working on providing education on fertility, modern families and reproductive science.  She is working on an arts-based project called Modern Families to deliver education to school children with Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier.

Joyce is involved in several arts projects relating to fertility, as well as the Modern Families project, including working with Adam Peacock on the Genetics Gym and Louise Ann Wilson on Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertility and Childlessness (Warnscale).

Joyce is passionate about sports and is a qualified aerobics instructor and an ambassador for This Girl Can Essex – encouraging women to do physical activity.

Further information about Joyce can be found on Wikipedia and on her UCL web page.