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
Associate Dean (International) and Professor of Molecular Developmental Biology
Establishing the vertebrate embryonic body plan
Dr Jens Januschke
Reader, Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow, 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 Nathke
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 FRSE FMedSci FRSB
Professor of Neural Development and Head of the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cellular and molecular mechanism 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


Dr. Robyn Hickerson
Acting Principal Investigator
Dr. Gabriele Schweikert
Principal Investigator Computational Biology
Dr Marios Stavridis
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
Pluripotent stem cell biology
Dr Greg Findlay
Programme Leader MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
Embryonic Stem Cell Signaling Modules
Dr Philip Murray
Lecturer of Mathematics


Professor Jeff Williams FRSE
Emeritus Professor of Developmental Biology
Signal transduction pathways that regulate Dictyostelium gene expression