Prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award for Professor Kate Storey

University of Dundee scientist Professor Kate Storey has been appointed one of 19 new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders.

The prestigious award provides five-year's support for outstanding scientists to help them continue their ground-breaking work. Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

Professor Storey is Chair of Neural Development and Head of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Dundee.

Research in her laboratory is focused on investigating how neuroepithelial cells proliferate and differentiate in the developing and adult spinal cord.

“I am delighted to have received this prestigious award, which is yet another recognition of the outstanding Life Sciences research environment developed here at the University of Dundee,” said Professor Storey.

“The overall aim of our work is to identify the gene regulatory mechanisms that control neural differentiation, with a long term goal to inform strategies for therapeutic treatment of neural injury and disease.”

Professor Storey’s laboratory is based in the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. Dundee was ranked the top university in the UK for biological sciences in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the major survey of research undertaken across the country.

The Wolfson Foundation is a grant-making charity established in 1955. Funding is given to support excellence. The Wolfson Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015.

The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.


The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

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The Wolfson Foundation( is a charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health & disability, education and the arts & humanities. Founded in 1955, the Wolfson Foundation has awarded over £800 million (£1.7 billion in real terms) to some 10,000 projects over the last 60 years. All awards are given on the basis of expert review.

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