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Research Overview

The aim of research at SLCU is to elucidate the regulatory systems underlying plant growth and development. SLCU houses 13 research groups each consisting of around 10 researchers. Details of research posts available at SLCU can be found on our Jobs page. PhD students should contact relevant group leaders to find out about any study opportunities at the Sainsbury Laboratory.


SLCU Leadership Team 

Professor Ottoline Leyser


Leyser Research Group


Professor Henrik Jönsson

Associate Director

Dr Sebastian Ahnert

Career Development Fellow

Ahnert Research Group

Yrjo Helariutta

Professor Yrjö Helariutta

Research Group Leader

Helariutta Research Group

Alexander Jones

Dr Alexander Jones

Research Group Leader

Jones Research Group

Dr James Locke

Research Group Leader

Locke Research Group

Professor Elliot Meyerowitz

Inaugural Director

Distinguished Associate

Meyerowitz Research Group

Dr Edwige Moyroud

Research Group Leader

Moyroud Research Group 

Dr François Nédélec

Research Group Leader

Nedelec Group

Dr Giles Oldroyd

Research Group Leader

Oldroyd Research Group

Photo of Sarah Robinsin

Dr Sarah Robinson

Career Development Fellow

Robinson Research Group

Dr Sebastian Schornack

Research Group Leader