Scientific and Technical Services
The Scientific and Technical Services (STS) section is responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of RBGE laboratory facilities
Providing laboratory facilities for 80-90 users per year
Delivering training and research support for plant science and conservation
The RBGE laboratories are a shared-use core facility available for use by all RBGE affiliated investigators, associates, postdocs and students.
The Science and Technical Services team provide specialist training and technical assistance to all users of the RBGE laboratories.
We also undertake research into technique development and apply this to a wide range of plant, fungi and environmental samples.
- Dr Michelle Hart, Head of Scientific and Technical Services
As Head of Scientific and Technical Services (STS), Michelle is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the research laboratories and associated services at RBGE. The lab facilities are a core shared-use facility, supporting a diverse range of research activities.
Michelle is responsible for developing these facilities to accommodate changes…
- Frieda Christie, Microscopy Technician
Frieda Christie has worked at RBGE for 24 years and is responsible for the care and maintenance of the scanning electron microscope and oversees the use of it and the research grade light microscopes at RBGE. She has worked with people from all over the world who use microscopy to…
- Dr Laura Lowe Forrest, Molecular Laboratory Manager
Laura Forrest (ORCID; Scopus) has been employed at RBGE since 2011, where she provides technical support in the molecular laboratory as part of the Scientific and Technical Services (STS) team. This includes training and practical support for staff and visitors, and for undergraduate, masters and PhD students, lecturing on bryology…
- Ruth Hollands, General Laboratory Manager
Ruth has worked at RBGE for over 30 years, starting her career as an Assistance Scientific Officer in the lab and Cryptogam section of the Herbarium. With the formation of the Scientific and Technical Services (STS) section in 1992, she moved away from the Herbarium to become the General Lab…