University of Dundee

Cell and Developmental Biology


Researchers in this Division investigate the mechanisms of differentiation in developing organisms, stem cells and adult tissues and how these are corrupted in disease states.

Our work combines classical embryology and genetic approaches with multi-scale systems analyses to understand gene regulation and function, including super-resolution/long term cell and tissue imaging, genome-wide analyses and mathematical modelling.

Our researchers are always interested in working with industry to provide their expertise and to translate their research. Further information can be found here.

Principal Investigators

Professor Kim Dale FRSB
Assistant Vice Principal International, Associate Dean (International) and Professor of Molecular Developmental Biology
Establishing the vertebrate embryonic body plan
Dr Jens Januschke
Reader, Deputy Head of the Division of Cell & Developmental Biology
Dynamics of cell polarisation
Professor Carol MacKintosh FRSB
Professor of Molecular Signalling and Head of Postgraduate Studies
Diabetes and cancer as disorders of 'signal multiplexing' in the vertebrate animals
Dr David Murray
Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Understand the basic molecular mechanics in the formation of subcellular structures
Professor Inke Näthke FRSE
Professor of Epithelial Biology and Associate Dean for Professional Culture
From molecules to tissue architecture
Professor Pauline Schaap FRSE FRSB
Professor of Developmental Signalling
Experimental and evolutionary reconstruction of developmental signalling pathways
Professor Kate Storey FRS FRSE FMedSci FRSB
Professor of Neural Development and Head of the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating neural differentiation
Professor Kees Weijer FRSE
Professor of Developmental Physiology and Head of Systems Biology
Cell-cell signalling and chemotactic cell movement during development
Dr Leeanne McGurk
Principal Investigator, Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Fellow
How does RNA biogenesis control motor neuron disease?


Dr Christina Schilde FHEA
Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship)
Dr. Gabriele Schweikert
Principal Investigator Computational Biology
Dr Marios Stavridis
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
Pluripotent stem cell biology
Professor Daan van Aalten FRSE
Professor of Biological Chemistry
The role of the O-GlcNAc posttranslational modification in neurodegeneration
Dr Greg Findlay
Programme Leader MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
Embryonic Stem Cell Signaling Modules
Dr Philip Murray
Lecturer of Mathematics