Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University
Exterior of the Sainsbury Laboratory from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden
|University of Cambridge|
|Endowment||Gatsby Charitable Foundation|
|Location||Cambridge, United Kingdom|
The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (or SLCU) is located in Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Its aim is to elucidate the regulatory systems underlying plant growth and plant development.
Senior research staff
As of 2017[update] Senior research staff include:
- Professor Ottoline Leyser FRS, Director
- Sebastian Ahnert, Gatsby Career Development Fellow at the Sainsbury Laboratory, and a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory
- Siobhan Braybrook, Career Development Fellow
- Professor Yrjö Helariutta, research group leader
- Katja Jaeger, Principal investigator
- Alexander Jones, Research Group Leader
- Professor Henrik Jönsson, Associate Director
- James Locke, Research group leader
- Elliot Meyerowitz, Inaugural Director and Distinguished Associate
- Devin O'Connor, Career Development Fellow
- Jerzy Paszkowski, research group leader
- Sebastian Schornack, Research Group Leader and Royal Society University Research Fellow
- Phil Wigge, Research Group Leader
The Sainsbury Laboratory will house 120 plant scientists studying plant development and diversity in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. The building was made possible by the award of an £82M grant from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Construction of the 11,000-square metre building, led by Kier Group, began in the private working and research area of the Botanic Garden in February 2008 and was completed in December 2010. The building also provides plant growth facilities and a home for the University Herbarium, which contains over one million pressed and dried plant specimens from around the world, including the great majority of those collected by Charles Darwin on the Beagle Voyage, and scientific research material relating to newly discovered plants from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Laboratory meets Cambridge City Council’s planning requirement for 10% renewable on-site energy generation through use of photovoltaic panels, and has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The Gilmour Suite, in a wing of the Sainsbury Laboratory, provides a public café and terrace for Botanic Garden visitors and is open all year during Garden public opening hours. The building was awarded the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2012.
|Furniture consultant:||Luke Hughes|
|Construction Start date:||February 2008|
|Completion Date:||December 2010|
|Date of Occupation:||January 2011|
|Number of Occupants:||150|
|Gross Internal Area:||11,000 m2 (120,000 sq ft)|
The laboratory has several artworks including:
|Susanna Heron||Henslow’s Walk|
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