Professor, Plant Biology Section
Director, Institute of BioTechnology
Joss completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Manchester, UK before working for a couple of years for what was previously ICI Seeds (later named Zeneca Plant Science and then Syngenta) at Jealotts’ Hill Research Station, Berkshire, UK.
He made the jump across the Atlantic to study for his Ph.D. at the University of California Davis, working on the mechanisms of cell wall modification in ripening. In 1997, he moved to the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, at the University of Georgia, where his postdoctoral research focused again on cell wall metabolism, but this time in the context of plant-pathogen interactions and the evolution of apoplastic defense mechanisms.
In 2000, Joss accepted a faculty position in the Department of Plant Biology at Cornell University (now renamed the Plant Biology Section), where he has continued his interests in the many facets of plant cell wall biology and associated extracellular processes, including the distribution and function of secreted polysaccharides, lipids, proteins and metabolites.
In addition to his faculty appointment in the Plant Biology Section, in 2010, he accepted the positions of Director of Cornell’s Institute of Biotechnology and Director of the Center for Life Science Enterprise, one of NY State's Centers for Advanced Technology. He is also operational manager for the McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences.