The lab is based in the Cambridge University Biochemistry Department, on the Downing Site (a cluster of mainly biological research departments) in the centre of Cambridge. We are a group of about 15 people, mostly postdocs and PhD students. Wendy Gibson, the laboratory manager, maintains the lab facilities. At certain times of year there are also undergraduate project students. Prior experience of working with plants or algae is not necessary for joining the group. At present our funding comes from a mixture of industry, charities, and research councils. We have had a number of summer students with bursaries from a range of organizations.
We have active collaborations with a number of labs worldwide as well as in the UK, including elsewhere in Europe, South Africa, China, Australia, and New Zealand. We have weekly lab meetings, at which members of the group present their work to the rest of us over coffee and cake (a substance that forms an important part of the lab social life). From time to time we go off on a "lab jolly". Recent jollies have included day trips to France, visits to the seaside, a nuclear power station, a brewery and a sewage works.