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About SLCU

The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) opened in 2011 as a research institute focused on elucidating the regulatory systems underlying plant growth and development. Supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, SLCU is a community of approximately 160 people and 14 research groups.

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SLCU brings together specialists in biological, physical, and mathematical sciences integrating a range of wet-lab experimental research with computational modelling. This interdisciplinary approach is essential for understanding the complex dynamic and self-organising properties of plants.

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SLCU values outreach as a chance to highlight the importance of plant science research and to discuss the work of the Lab with a wide range of people.

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Facilities & Services

SLCU provides facilities and services for advanced imaging, plant growth, tissue culture, seed storage and public software tools.

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Athena SWAN recognition

SLCU has been recognised for its ongoing commitment to gender equality by achieving a Silver Award under the Athena SWAN Charter. This award recognises the progress that SLCU has made in addressing gender equality and commitment to building an inclusive environment.

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Interested in doing a PhD at SLCU?

We have PhD students representing diverse fields, such as plant sciences, applied mathematics and biochemistry. Find out what our research group leaders are working on.

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Enemy at the gates

May 22, 2019

The Schornack team has discovered that increasing the activity of a single gene can increase a plant’s resistance to blight at its first line of defence — the epidermis.

New insights into how bud-bud communication influences branching

Mar 28, 2019

New insights into how buds communicate with each other through the dynamic auxin transport network have been published by SLCU plant scientists.

Plant Science Educator selected for Antarctic expedition

Mar 27, 2019

Alex Jenkin, project manager at the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (GPSEP), a team administered by the Sainsbury Laboratory, has been selected to join an international group of 95 women in science on a three-week expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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