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Dr Abigail Lay is a BHF Accelerator Fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at The University of Manchester.


Abigail graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with a BSc in Microbiology with Immunology. She undertook her PhD at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Richard Coward and Professor Gavin Welsh, which was awarded in 2015. In 2021, Abigail was awarded a BHF Accelerator Fellowship from The University of Manchester to continue her research on the mechanisms underlying diabetic vascular disease. 


  • 2015 - PhD University of Bristol
  • 2011 - BSc (1st Class Hons) University of Leeds

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Editorial Board
BMC Nephrology

UKKA - Laboratory Science Committee
European Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group
Society for Endocrinology UK
Kidney Research UK Alumni
American Society of Nephrology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol


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