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Prof Matthew Bailey

Personal Chair of Renal Physiology

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Phone: 0131 242 9233

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Imperial College London
Renal Potassium Homeostasis
Bachelor of Science, University of Manchester
Honours Physiology
Bachelor of Science


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 published 75 papers (H-index of 28), including recent papers in JASN (x2); Hypertension (x3), Kidney International (x2), eBioMedicine and Circulation. Awarded >£2.5M in research funding and >£7.5M for Doctoral Training, he has current grants from Kidney Research UKBritish Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. 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 is 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; and 2) the mechanisms contributing to salt-sensitive hypertension.


Director of Postgraduate Research for the Centre of Cardiovascular Sciences

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

Programme Director, MSc in Cardiovascular Biology

Administrative Roles

Postgraduate Research Board of Examiners, College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Postgraduate Researcher Experience Committee, College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Head of Postgraduate Researcher Experience, Edinburgh Medical School

Director of Quality, Deanery of Clinical Sciences

Member of the University Senate

Member of the Senate Exceptions Committee

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