Josh Owens received his undergraduate degree close to home at Winthrop University. While there, he received his first exposure to biochemistry and genetics, and developed an interest genetics through exposure to various research. Upon graduating in 2013, he spent the next two years working to build an aquaponics system at a Haitian orphanage and teaching and tutoring the SAT, ACT, and MCAT to students in Cincinnati. Josh then returned to South Carolina to attend University of South Carolina's School of Medicine in Columbia, where he was also able to continue exploring his interest in genetics research. Following graduation, he returned to Cincinnati to complete his combined Pediatrics / Medical Genetics residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.