Professor Kate Storey



Cell and Developmental Biology, School of Life Sciences

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We wish to understand how neural cells arise and how their proliferation and differentiation are controlled. Our work focuses on the developing spinal cord and insights from these studies inform our investigation of these processes in embryonic stem cell derived neural tissue and in maturing spinal cord progenitors, which become adult neural stem cells. We address these questions using cell specific gain and loss of gene function approaches as well as genome-wide analyses and real-time imaging techniques. 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.

See figure 1 below - Cell division in the neural tube

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Research interests

Cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating neural differentiation


Award Year
National Sciences Prizes awarded since 1990 / British Society for Developmental Biology Waddington Medal 2019
Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences 2017
Members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation 2016
National Sciences Prizes awarded since 1990 / Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award 2015
Major Personal Funding Awards / Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award 2013
Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2012
Fellows of the Royal Society of Biology 2011
Fellows of Learned Societies and Colleges / Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 2011