Ken Storey

Kenneth B. Storey, Ph.D., FRSC, Canada Research Chair in Molecular Physiology (Tier I), is a Canadian scientist whose work draws from a variety of fields including biochemistry and molecular biology. Storey has a world-wide reputation for his research on biochemical adaptation - the molecular mechanisms that allow animals to adapt to and endure severe environmental stresses such as deep cold, oxygen deprivation, and desiccation. Storey began his scientific career with a Bachelor’s degree (First Class Honours) in Biochemistry at the University of Calgary in 1971. He then went on to complete a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of British Columbia in 1974. Storey is a Professor of Biochemistry, cross-appointed in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Neuroscience at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Physiology and is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the Society for Cryobiology, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ken Storey is among the top 2% of highly cited scientists in the world

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Ranked in the top 0.05% of scholars worldwide by ScholarGPS

Ranked #2 in comparative physiology and #1,724 overall in all fields over the lifetime of his career.

Ranked 40th in Canada by

Ranked #1507 in the world and #40 in Canada in biology and biochemistry, and received the 2024 Biology and Biochemistry Leader Award.

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Professional Activities

Storey is the author of over 1000 research articles, the editor of seven books, has given over 580 talks at conferences and institutes worldwide, and organized numerous international symposia.

Plenary and keynote lectures:  65

Conference scientific committees:  6

Invited lectures in symposia:  120

Symposia organized:  32

Invited university seminars:  407

Contributed communications at conferences:  618

Total publications:   1022

       - Invited articles in conference proceedings:  47

       - Invited review articles:  60

       - Book chapters:  39

       - Magazine and encyclopedia articles:  13

       - Books edited:  7

       - Journal articles:  856

Book Editor:

Storey, K.B. and Tannino, K. 2011. Temperature Adaptation in a Changing Climate. CABI Publishers, 2011

Storey, K.B. Functional Metabolism: Regulation and Adaptation. Wiley, 2004

Storey, K.B. and Storey, J.M. Cell and Molecular Responses to Stress, Elsevier Press. Elsevier, 2000-2002
       Volume 1, 2000: Environmental stressors and gene responses
       Volume 2, 2001: Protein adaptations and signal transduction
       Volume 3, 2002: Sensing, signaling and cell adaptation

Storey, K.B. Molecular Mechanisms of Metabolic Arrest: Life in Limbo. BIOS Scientific Publishers, Oxford, 2001

Storey, K.B. Environmental Stress and Gene Regulation. BIOS Scientific Publishers, Oxford, 1999

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Professional Societies:

Royal Society of Canada

Society for Cryobiology

Canadian Society of Zoologists

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

American Association for the Advancement of Science


Professional Awards and Honours

He has won fellowships and awards for research excellence including the Fry medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists (2011), the Flavelle medal from the Royal Society of Canada (2010), Ottawa Life Sciences Council Basic Research Award (1998), a Killam Senior Research Fellowship (1993–1995), the Ayerst Award from the Canadian Biochemical Society (1989), an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (1984–1986), and four Carleton University Research Achievement Awards. A more complete list of the professional honours that Storey has received can be found below:

2017                     Distinguished editorial board member of Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics, cited for 2013-2015

2016                     Carleton University Research Achievement Award (also, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1992, and 1989)

2012                     Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology, elected

2011                     Fry Medal, Canadian Society of Zoologists

2010                     Flavelle Medal of the Royal Society of Canada

2010                     Graduate Student Mentor award, Carleton University

2016                     Carleton University Research Achievement Award (also 2008, 2003, 1998,1992, and 1989)

2007                     Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Calgary

2005-2007            Professor Extraordinary, Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch University, S. Africa

2004-present        ISI Highly Cited Researcher

2000                     Public Awareness Prize, Canadian Society of Zoologists

1999                     Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship

1998                     Ottawa Life Sciences Council, Basic Research Award

1997                     Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected

1993-1995            Killam Senior Research Fellowship

1990                     Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

1989                     Ayerst Award, Canadian Biochemical Society, elected

1984-1986            E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, NSERC Canada


Recent Research Activities:

2018               Visiting researcher, Dept. Zoology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

2014               Visiting researcher, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia

2012               Visiting lecturer & researcher, St. George’s University, Grenada

2011               Research scientist, R/V New Horizon expedition, Sea of Cortez, Mexico

2011               Visiting lecturer & researcher, St. George’s University, Grenada

2010               Visiting researcher, Sport and Exercise Science, U. Coventry, UK

2008               Visiting researcher, Sable Systems International, Las Vegas, Nevada

2007               Visiting researcher, Dept. Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, S. Africa

2005               Visiting researcher, Physiologisches Institut, Universitat Zuerich-Irchel, Switzerland

2004               Visiting researcher, Dept. Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, S. Africa

1999               Visiting researcher, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan

1998               Visiting researcher, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

1998               Visiting researcher, Harvard Medical School (F. Bunn lab) and Massachusetts General Hospital (D. Brown lab), Boston, Mass.

1997               Visiting researcher, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Lawrence Berkeley Labs, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

1994               Visiting scientist, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

1993               Visiting researcher, Harvard University Medical School, Boston, MA

1992               Visiting researcher, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Lawrence Berkeley Labs, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

1991               Visiting researcher, Department of Biochemistry, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

1990               Visiting researcher, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA.

* Updated May 2018