- Award-winning building Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (Image credit: Hufton and Crow)
The Sainsbury Laboratory
Cambridge University (SLCU) is a new research institute sited in the Botanic Garden. It is funded by the Gatsby Foundation
and opened in 2011 by Her Majesty the Queen
. The aim of the Laboratory is to elucidate the regulatory systems underlying plant growth and development using new scientific and technical resources, including high-throughput DNA sequencing, novel imaging methods, sophisticated genetic tools and refined chemical interventions. The data derived from these approaches has opened the way for predictive computational models, which are essential for understanding the dynamic, self-organising properties of plants.
Although the Sainsbury Laboratory is an independent research Institute, it works closely with Plant Sciences and other Departments to establish a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment that will capitalize on these exciting opportunities.