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Robert A. Fenton


Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE: Robert Andrew Fenton 


AGE: 48        NATIONALITY: British (lived in Denmark for 18 years)  

ADDRESS: Biomedicine, Bldg.1233, 3 Wilhelm Meyers Alle, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. Email: Robert.a.fenton@biomed.au.dk




2015-            Full Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Dept. of Biomedicine, Aarhus University (AU)

2010-2015    Professor MSO of Molecular Cell Biology, Dept. of Biomedicine, AU

2005-2009    Ass. Professor and Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow, Dept. of Anatomy, AU

2001-2005    Claude Lenfant research fellow and postdoctoral fellow, LKEM, NHLBI, NIH, USA

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

1993-1996    BSc (hons) in Biochemistry, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK (July 1996)


RESEARCH AREA: Leader of internationally recognized membrane transport research group that focuses on the molecular regulation of membrane proteins. My research aims to decipher the contribution of these proteins and the signaling mechanisms controlling their function to various diseases. My research is multidisciplinary, incorporating proteomics/transcriptomics/bioinformatics, biochemistry, cell biology, high-resolution imaging, animal models, structural biology and high-throughput chemical screening.



  • Elected chair of the American Physiological Society (APS) Renal Section (>1000 members, 2023-2026)
  • Carl W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lectureship, Renal Section of the APS, 2022
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation Distinguished Investigator (Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine), 2021
  • APS Epithelial Transport Group Steven Hebert Award Lecture, 2019
  • Danish Ministry for Higher Education and Science Elite Research Prize, 2018
  • Lundbeck Foundation Young Researcher Prize (Lundbeckfondens Pris for Yngre Forskere), 2015
  • APS Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Renal Physiology, 2011
  • Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research, Young Scientist Prize, 2010
  • APS Renal Section New Investigator Award, 2008
  • Young Elite Researcher (Ung Eliteforskerpris), Independent Research Fund Denmark, 2007
  • NIH Fellows for the Advancement of Education in Science research award, 2005
  • NIH Fellows Committee Research Excellence Award, 2005

BIBLIOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW: 193 peer reviewed articles (1999-2023), >85 first/last authorships as corresponding author; 14 chapters in established textbooks. Citations: >11,500; h-index = 62. See: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1XoIpVeM3d_k9/bibliography/public/

PRESENTATIONS: 90+ at major international meetings or universities.


SUPERVISION: >65 postdocs, PhD/research year students and visiting scholars (approx. 50% are female). Several have won national/ international awards (e.g. American Physiological Society (APS) Epithelial Transport Group Young Investigator Awards; Danish Research Council Sapere Aude).


FUNDING OVERVIEW: >50 million dkk (2005-current) in European/National funding as main applicant (salaries, running costs, infrastructure). Sources include: EU Commission 6/7th Framework Programs and H2020; Danish Council for Independent Research; Lundbeck Foundation; Carlsberg Foundation; Novo Nordisk Foundation; LeDucq Foundation. In addition, as co- applicant/supervisor I have been awarded >25 million DKK in support for postdocs/PhD students in my research group or as co-applicant in various EU programs. I am a named collaborator on several major multi-national research grants (Wellcome Trust, UK; NIH, USA; Dutch Kidney Foundation, Netherlands; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany).



  • Research group; 3 Assistant Professors, 4 postdocs, 1 PhD student, and 2 technicians
  • Coordinator for Membranes research theme (27 research groups) at Dept. of Biomedicine, AU and Research Committee member, Dept. Biomedicine, Aarhus University
  • European Coordinator of a Leducq Foundation Transatlantic Network of Excellence (Potassium in Hypertension, 2018-2022)
  • AU user group for the single-cell platform CellX (2022-)
  • Coordinator and participant in Marie Curie Actions (FP7) International Research Staff Exchange Schemes and Research Training Networks
  • Chair of APS Renal Section Awards committee (2009-2016) and International Representative (2013-2016)
  • PhD committee member for candidates in UK, Netherlands, Sweden, USA and Denmark (18 total)
  • Associate Editor for AJP:Renal (2020-). Reviewing Editor for The Journal of Physiology (2015-2020) and J Am Soc Nephrology (2017-).
  • Ad Hoc reviewer for multiple journals (about 12 papers/year), including; AJP (2001-), JASN (2002-), PNAS (2006-), JCI (2010-), Nature (2012-), Kid Int (2012-)
  • Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) committee member in Denmark (3 total)
  • Reviewer for ERC (2018-), National Kidney Foundation UK (2008-), Diabetes UK (2010-), MRC UK (2010-), Heart Research UK (2012-), Fondazione Telethon Italy (2011-), Italian Ministry of Education and Research (2012-), F.R.S.-FNRS – Belgium (2012-).


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



  • Examiner/chairman for 18 PhD theses, 10 Masters theses, 14 student theses and >35 bachelor theses.
  • Course Coordinator for Molecular Medicine courses “Anatomy and Cell Biology” and “Molecular Cell Physiology 1” at Aarhus University
  • Perform >100 confrontation hours/year teaching in cell biology plus examinations