Joe Lynch completed a BSc majoring in Physics at the University of Melbourne. He then moved to the University of NSW to undertake a Masters of Biomedical Engineering and then a Ph.D. in Physiology with Peter Barry. His postdoctoral studies were undertaken in Germany, France and at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. He moved to University of QLD in 1996 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences, was awarded an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship in 2004 (renewed in 2009). He relocated to the QBI in October 2007.