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The aim of research at SLCU is to elucidate the regulatory systems underlying plant growth and development. SLCU houses 14 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

Sebastian Ahnert

Dr Sebastian Ahnert

Career Development Fellow

Ahnert Research Group


Professor Yrjö Helariutta

Research Group Leader

Helariutta Research Group


Dr Katja Jaeger

Career Development Fellow


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 Devin O'Connor

Career Development Fellow

O'Connor Research Group


Dr Giles Oldroyd

Research Group Leader

Oldroyd Research Group

Dr Jerzy 'Jurek' Paszkowski

Research Group Leader

Paszkowski Research Group

Dr Sebastian Schornack

Research Group Leader 

Dr Phil Wigge

Research Group Leader

Wigge Research Group


Distinguished Associates