Postdoctoral Researcher 1990-94, Departmental Lecturer 1994-97, University Lecturer 1997-2000
Professor Kate Storey FRSE FMedSci FRSB joined the Department of Human Anatomy as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Claudio Stern in 1990. She investigated the neural inducing ability of the chicken embryo Organiser region, defining this activity at different times in development and dissecting and grafting ever smaller cell populations to localise the signalling source. She also uncovered when the embryonic epiblast was able to respond to neural inducing signals. In 1994, she became Departmental Lecturer and taught human anatomy and embryology, while also setting up her own research group. She was appointed as a University Lecturer in Department of Human Anatomy and Genetics and Fellow of Christ Church College in 1997. Her research then focussed on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate development of the spinal cord. Her research group defined the cellular origin of this region of the central nervous system and discovered cell populations and signals that induced, patterned and regulated its differentiation.
Professor Storey moved to the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee in 2000. In 2003, her group’s work uncovered a fundamental signalling switch regulating the onset of neural differentiation (Diez del Carol et al 2003, Neuron). Later development of live cell imaging approaches uncovered a new form of cell sub-division, apical abscission, which regulates neuronal delamination, and so the fundamental architecture of the central nervous system (Das & Storey 2014, Science). She has been Head of the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Dundee since 2010. She recruits and mentors career development Principal Investigators, oversees research infrastructure, such as the human pluripotent cell facility, tissue imaging centre and single cell sequencing capabilities, as well as teaching relevant to activities in the Division, alongside contributing to wider administrative responsibilities throughout the University.
Professor Storey's work has been recognised in a number of Honours and Awards. She was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Society of Biology in 2011, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017. She has also received the MRC Suffrage Award (2014), the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2015) and the British Society for Developmental Biology Waddington Medal (2019).