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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 University of Edinburgh, working with John Mullins on renal hypertension. 

External Roles:

Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology (2016)

Insignia of Honour (2018): Hypertension & Renal, Spanish Society Nephrology

The Biller Prize The Physiological Society (2006)

My research in a nutshell

Matt Bailey is Professor of Renal Physiology and trained at UCL, CNRS Paris and Yale University. He investigates how high salt intake in the food we eat leads to damage of our cardiovascular system and kidneys, causing hypertension and renal disease.  

He has >100 publications (H-index=38, citations >4500), including recent papers in Science Translational Medicine, European Heart Journal, & Cardiovascular Research, He has current grants from Kidney Research UK and The British Heart Foundation. Bailey is a PI for the £3M BHF Centre of Research Excellence at Edinburgh.

Matt writes about kidney physiology for major textbooks and teaches at summer schools across Europe. He is active in public engagement ( and was shortlisted for THE2018 Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year. 

His current main project areas are: 1) the mechanisms contributing to salt-sensitive hypertension; 2) how does high salt intake change the brain and behaviour 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

Dean of Quality, College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Member of the University Senate

Member of the Senate QA Committee

Member of Edinburgh Universities Military Education Committee

Education/Academic qualification

Renal Physiology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Renal Potassium Homeostasis, Computational and Systems Medicine, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Apr 1997

Physiology, Bachelor of Science, Honours Physiology, 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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