Joke completed her Master in Bioscience Engineering with a major specialization in Cell and Gene Technology and minor specialization in Nutrition and Health at the KU Leuven (Belgium) in 2021. She had already joined the Lebeerlab during her Bachelor and Master dissertation. She started her Ph.D. at the Lebeerlab in 2021. She studies the microbiome of the URT and the potential of lactic acid bacteria as potential probiotics for the URT. Within her Ph.D., she will focus on genetic engineering of streptococci and their probiotic potential as an alternative treatment for otitis media.