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PhD research: Renal potassium homeostasis, Imperial College Medical School.

Postdoctoral Research: The role of purinergic receptors in the kidney, working with Robert Unwin and Geoff Burnstock at University College London and Martine Imbert-Teboul at the CNRS in Saclay, France.

Fellowship Research: A Wellcome Trust International Fellowship (3 years) at Yale University working on renal potassium channels in the laboratory of Gerhard Giebisch and Steve Hebert.

A Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow at the Universit yof Edinburgh, working with John Mullins on renal hypertension. 

Academic Appointments: Senior Lecturer (2010); Reader (2014).

External Roles:

Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology

Member of Kidney Research UK's Research Grants & Fellowships Committee

Chief Editor, Frontiers in Physiology (Renal & Epithelial Physiology)

Associate Editor, The American Journal of Physiology and BMC Nephrology; Reviewing Editor, Experimental Physiology

Awarded The Biller Prize by The Physiological Society for contributions to renal research (2006). 

My research in a nutshell

Matt Bailey is a renal physiologist with training from UCL, CNRS and Yale University. Currently Chair of Renal Physiology at Edinburgh, he investigates physiological and molecular pathways of cardiovascular and renal dysfunction in hypertension and renal disease. Bailey’s research group has longstanding expertise in using innovative methodologies to assessment of hypertension and renal dysfunction in mice, including measurement of vascular and tubular function in vivo and ex vivo. 

He has >90 publications (H-index=30, citations >2600), including recent papers in European Heart Journal, JASN, HypertensionKidney International (x2), eBioMedicine and Circulation. Awarded >£4M in research funding and >£7.5M for Doctoral Training, he has current grants from MRCKidney Research UKBritish Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK and is a PI for the £3M BHF Centre of Research Excellence at Edinburgh.

Matt writes for major renal textbooks (The Kidney, The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology, Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology) and teaches at renal summer schools across Europe. He is active in public engagement (www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZEmj_lks-o) and was shortlisted for THE2018 Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year. 

His current main project areas are: 1) the control of renal haemodynamics and tubular function by intrarenal signalling systems, such as ATP, endothelin and lactate; 2) the mechanisms contributing to salt-sensitive hypertension and 3) the molecular basis of AKI-to-CKD transition


Director of The British Heart Foundation 4-year PhD programme, The University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate: Renal Physiology teaching (BMS2, Physiology 3, Honours Physiology)

Administrative Roles

Director of Quality, Deanery of Clinical Sciences

Member of the University Senate

Member of the Senate Exceptions Committee

Education/Academic qualification

Renal Physiology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Apr 1997

Physiology, Bachelor of Science, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

Physiology, Bachelor of Science

Award Date: 1 Jul 1993


  • QP Physiology
  • Kidney
  • hypertension
  • renal disease
  • cardiovascular disease


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