Nathan Goehring is a Junior Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute and a Senior Research Associate in the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology at UCL.
Nathan obtained his BA in biology at Amherst College, USA, and was a Fulbright Scholar in the laboratory of Peter Overath at the Max Planck Institute for Biology (Germany), where he worked on cell surface proteins of Leishmania parasites. As a PhD student, he trained with Jon Beckwith at Harvard Medical School as a Howard Hughes Fellow, working on the mechanisms of bacterial cell division.
He then pursued postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (Germany) where he began his work on cell polarity and patterning in the C. elegans embryo with Tony Hyman and Stephan Grill supported by fellowships from the Max Planck Society, the Alexander von Humboldt Society and the EU/Marie Curie Training Programme.
In 2013, Nathan started his research group at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute at Lincoln's Inn Fields, which in 2015 became part of the Francis Crick Institute.
Current research in his lab combines quantitative systems-level approaches, including mathematical modelling and biophysics, with basic cell biology and genetics to understand the formation of patterns during early development. Work currently focuses on the cell polarity networks that serve as essential spatial organising systems in cells.