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Dr Nick Ashton (BSc, PhD) - personal details

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Dr Nick Ashton

Role: Senior Lecturer in Physiology

Tel: +44161 275 5454

Location: Faculty of Life Sciences,3.705 Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT





Nick Ashton is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology in the Channels and Transporters research group of the Faculty of Life Sciences and is also affiliated with the Adaptive Organismal Biology research group.

Nick obtained his first degree in Zoology from the University of Sheffield (1983) before joining Prof Richard Balment’s group at Manchester for his PhD in renal physiology (1987). His initial postdoctoral training saw a change of direction to study the exocrine pancreas with Prof Roger Green (Manchester) and Prof Barry Argent (Newcastle). However, he returned to the kidney, which has remained his primary interest, with a postdoctoral position in 1991 at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Upon returning to the UK in 1993, Nick took up a lectureship in Physiology at the University of Sunderland where he established an independent laboratory studying the developmental origins of cardio-renal disease. In 1998 he returned to Manchester to take up a lectureship in Physiology and to renew collaborations with the renown Manchester Renal Group.

Nick has published over 40 peer reviewed papers in the area of renal physiology and hypertension. His work has been funded by the British Heart Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. He has successfully supervised 9 PhD students and currently has 1 new PhD student in the lab. Nick is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hypertension and is a member of the external referee panel for Kidney Research UK.