Goss Lab

Welcome to the Goss Lab!

The Goss lab works at the interface of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry to investigate the underlying signaling mechanisms that drive vital, conserved cellular processes. Our research currently focuses on regulatory proteins that drive the final stages of cell division in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

Image above and right: timecourse series and movie of S. pombe cell forming a contractile ring (green) and undergoing division. Spindle pole body shown in red.


Researchers in the Goss lab utilize a variety of techniques including confocal fluorescence microscopy, atomic force microscopy, molecular cloning, protein purification and binding assays, and yeast genetics to investigate fundamental questions in cell biology.





Please contact Professor Goss if you have any questions!

                         John Goss

          Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
          Office: Simpson West 208 (through Fall 2021)
          Lab: Wellesley College Science Center L309
          Email: jgoss @wellesley.edu
          Twitter: @GossLab







Recent lab news:

June 2020

Congratulations to the Wellesley College Class of 2020 on their graduation - including the newest Goss lab alum Alice Choe (CHEM '20). It was bittersweet to not be able to celebrate in person!


January 2020
Goss lab and Volle lab collaborated to publish a review on the use of Atomic Force Microscopy in studying the biophysical properties of microbes in ACS Applied Bio Materials. We are looking forward to moving this work forward in the coming years to study fission yeast!

December 2019

Goss Lab members Solveig Stensland (BISC '21) and Ellie Gibbs (BISC '22) presented their research at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Solveig Stensland (BISC '21)                      Ellie Gibbs (BISC '22) 

September 2019

We're back! The Goss Lab moved back into its newly renovated space in the Wellesley College Science Center. Drop by, say hi, and see our shiny new look!


June 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 Wellesley College Yellow Class on their graduation - including the two newest Goss Lab alumnae: Justine Hsu (BIOC '19) and Emma Magee (BIOC '19).

January 2019

Congratulations to Goss lab researchers Lois Kwon (BISC '16), Alexis Crayton (BISC '17), and Emma Magee (BIOC '19) on combining the work from their Senior Honors Theses in a publication in BMC Molecular and Cell Biology!

Summer 2018

The Goss lab (and the Wellesley College Science Center) are undergoing major renovations over the next 3 years - we look forward to reopening our research space in the Fall 2019!

June 2018

Congratulations to 2018 Wellesley College Graduates, including the newest Goss Lab alumna: Maahum Mehdi (BIOC).


April 2018

Maahum Mehdi (BIOC '18) presented her research into developing an optogenetic system for manipulating protein localization in fission yeast at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting in San Diego, CA.


May 2017

Celebrating the Goss Lab graduating seniors, Ruby Ye, Hannah Bledsoe, Kathryn Barth, and Alexis Crayton (each representing where they are heading next year for graduate studies or work). We're very proud and wish them the best!


May 2017
Emma Magee (BIOC '19) presented her research into contractile ring constriction initiation at the 2017 Boston Area Mitosis Meeting in Cambridge, MA.


July 2016
The Goss Lab extends a warm welcome to Wellesley College's 14th President Dr. Paula A. Johnson!