Kate Storey is a developmental biologist who investigates early neural development. Her research has uncovered cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating the formation of neural progenitor cells and the generation of neurons, as well as how neural progenitors mature and respond to injury and cellular stress.
Kate's findings include discovery of a fundamental signalling switch controlling differentiation in the embryonic body. She has also pioneered live tissue imaging approaches uncovering novel mechanisms regulating neural cell behaviour. Her studies of embryonic development have informed protocols for in vitro differentiation of pluripotent cells facilitating insight into development of the human nervous system.
Kate is Chair of Neural Development and Head of the Division of Cell & Developmental Biology in the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Royal Society of Biology and is a member of EMBO. She received the MRC Suffrage Science Heirloom Award (2014), a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2015) and the Waddington Medal from the British Society of Developmental Biology (2019).
Head, Division of Cell and Developmental Biology, School Of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
Interest and expertise
Biochemistry and molecular cell biology
Cell biology (incl molecular cell biology)
Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
Developmental biology, Embryo development, Stem cells, Neural differentiation, Science communication