Laboratory Manger

Simon Foster

Simon Foster wearing a blue sweater standing outside with blossoming shrubs in the background


As Laboratory manager for The Sainsbury Laboratory I am responsible for oversight of the Laboratory Support team who service the TSL research environment and support the research groups. My responsibilities include management of the laboratory support teams, maintenance of cutting-edge scientific equipment, implementation of new technologies, negotiation with suppliers and compliance with Health and Safety, radioactivity and hazardous chemicals regulations.

I have a background in laboratory research, specifically in the field of plant-pathogen interactions. Most recently my research concerned the cloning of resistance genes against Phytophthora infestans (late blight of potato). During 2010-2012 I was responsible for overseeing the running of a field trial of GM potatoes, the purpose of which was to test the efficacy of one such cloned gene.

I have also worked on molecular aspects of important host/pathogen systems, including work on fungal pathogens of oilseed rape (Pyrenopeziza brassicae, Leptosphaeria maculans), barley (Rhynchosporium secalis) and perennial ryegrass (Epichloë festucae).

Job history

  • 2007 -

    Laboratory Manager

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2005 - 2007

    Postdoctoral Scientist

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2003 - 2005

    Research Fellow

    Institute for Molecular Biosciences, Massey University, New Zealand
  • 1999 - 2003

    Postdoctoral Scientist

    Rothamsted Research, UK
  • 1996 - 2000

    PhD Student

    University of Cambridge & Rothamsted Research, UK
  • 1992 - 1996

    Undergraduate Degree (Biology)

    University of Nottingham, UK