Robert A. Fenton


Curriculum Vitae

Date of birth: 4th August 1975 Nationality: British Status: Married, 2 daughters (age 2 and 6)

Mailing Address: Dept. of Biomedicine (South), Building 1233, Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark, Phone: +45 87167671

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2015-             Full Professor of Mol. Cell Biology, Dept. of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

2010-             Professor MSO of Mol. Cell Biology, Dept. of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

2007-2009   Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow,   Carlsberg Foundation Postdoc Fellowship and Assistant Professor, Water and Salt Research Center, Aarhus University, Denmark

2001-2005    Claude Lenfant research fellow, Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism (LKEM), NHLBI, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Maryland, USA

1996-2001     PhD in Physiology (awarded November 2011). University of Manchester, UK

1993-1996       BSc (Hons) biochemistry. University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newcastle, UK


SCIENTIFIC FOCUS AREAS: Leader of membrane protein research group and research center. Focus is on the molecular regulation of membrane proteins, with special interests in acute regulatory mechanisms and their role in hypertension and water balance disorders. Center analyzes role of protein:protein interactions for regulation of kidney epithelial cell function.  


SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS: 113 articles; 11 book chapters.


INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AWARDS: e.g. Lundbeckfondens Young Investigator Award 2015: Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Renal Physiology, American Physiological Society (APS), 2011; Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research, Young Scientist Prize, 2010; Renal Section New Investigator Award, APS, 2008; Ung Eliteforskerpris, Danish Medical Research Council, 2007; Renal Section Research Recognition Award, APS, 2006; NIH Fellows for the Advancement of Education in Science award, 2005


PRESENTATIONS: 65+ at major scientific meetings or international universities.


research funding from NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN sources:

2005-2016; >33,000,000 kr. in European/National funding as main applicant and principal investigator (PI). As co-applicant/supervisor >16,000,000 kr. support for postdocs/PhD students.



  •  Center leader for InterPrET: Interactions of proteins in epithelial transport, an interdisciplinary pilot center (2012-2016) at AU (
  •  Steering committee of MEMBRANES, an AU funded research center (
  • Co-ordinate a current Marie Curie Actions (FP7) International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) with participants from Denmark, Italy, UK and China
  • Participant in Marie Curie RTN with researchers from Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands


SUPERVISION: >40 postdocs, PhD students, research year students and visiting researchers. Several have won international and national awards (e.g. American Physiological Society (APS) Epithelial Transport Group Meritorious Research Award; APS Epithelial Transport Group Young Investigator Award’; APS Predoctoral Excellence in Renal Research Award; Two Sapere Aude Step 1: Young Elite Researcher grants; Two Aarhus University Fogh-Nielsen awards).



  • Main organizer (since 2010) of two large yearly satellite meetings (100+ attendees) at international conferences (Pre-EB and Pre-ASN Epithelial Transport Meetings)
  • Elected to American Physiological Society (APS); International Physiology Committee (2011-2014); American Society of Nephrology; Cell Biology Advisory Group (2010-2015); APS Epithelial Transport Group (2010-2016); APS Renal Section Awards committee (2009-2015)
  • APS Renal steering committee member and International Representative (2013-2015)
  • Organizer/chairman of multiple symposia/featured topics at international scientific meetings
  • Chair of the APS Renal Section awards selection committee (2014-2015)
  • PhD committee member for candidates in UK, Netherlands and Denmark



  • Editorial board member of American Journal of Physiology Renal (2008-); PLOS One (2011-), World Journal of Nephrology (2011-); European Journal Of Physiology: Pflugers Archives (2011-); Physiological Reports (2013-).
  • Ad Hoc reviewer for several journals and peer reviewer for international meetings abstracts
  • Grant reviewer for National Kidney Foundation UK (2008-), Wellcome Trust UK (2010-), Diabetes UK (2010-), Medical Research Council UK (2010-), Heart Research UK (2012-), Fondazione Telethon Italy (2011-), Italian Ministry of Education and Research (2012-).


COLLABORATIONS: Extensive collaborations/joint grant funding with field leading experts in USA, Germany, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan and Italy.