Joseph Moran was born in Montréal, Canada in 1982. He completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry with Prof. André Beauchemin at the University of Ottawa in 2009, then spent six months working with Prof. John Pezacki in chemical biology at NRC Canada and two years as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Michael Krische at the University of Texas. He joined ISIS-University of Strasbourg (France) as an Assistant Professor in 2012 and was promoted to Professor in September 2018. His research interests focus on the application of concepts from systems and supramolecular chemistry to catalysis and the chemical origins of life. He was named to the C&EN Talented 12 (2018), and has received the Jean Normant Prize (2018), the Guy Ourisson Prize (2017), an ERC Starting Grant (2015) and a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (2013), among other awards.