BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Jackson Laboratory has received a $1 million challenge grant to be used for recruiting and supporting new scientists.
The donation from geneticist and Jackson Lab trustee Weslie Janeway of New York was announced Monday.
It is aimed at encouraging the donation of an additional $1 million to be used for faculty starting salaries, lab equipment and experiments, lab officials said.
“Mrs. Janeway’s generous gift will help us attract bright young faculty with new ideas and approaches to enhance our genetics research at the laboratory,” Jackson Lab President and CEO Rick Woychik said in a news release.
Lab officials indicated that the gift would help the lab realize its goal of expanding the number of principal investigators on its staff from 38 to 45 by 2014.
Lab spokesman Joyce Peterson said Wednesday the gift does not affect the lab’s recent decision to reduce its support staff. The gift is meant to boost the number of the lab’s research faculty positions and none of the 55 positions eliminated earlier this month affected the lab’s research staffing, she said.
Janeway, who with her husband, William Janeway, owns a summer home at nearby Hancock Point, is president of the Pyewacket Foundation, manager of the Cambridge Endowment for Research, and member of the Stem Cell Council at Cambridge University in England. She is on sabbatical from her stem cell research at Cam-bridge.
Weslie Janeway is co-author of “Mrs. Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book: Revived and Illustrated,” a recently published collection about Darwin and his wife, Emma Wedgwood Darwin.
“A secure funding base is necessary to attract outstanding researchers,” Weslie Janeway said in the lab statement. “This represents the best possible investment in the future of the Jackson Laboratory and its work in the basic science that makes it possible to advance human health.”
Jackson Lab, which employs more than 1,300 people in Bar Harbor, is known worldwide as a leader in biomedical research. It uses mice to study human diseases and medical conditions and breeds millions of mice each year that are used in similar biomedical studies around the globe.