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Martin Tepel

Martin Tepel 
Cardiovascular and Renal Research

Phone: +45 65503755

Position: Senior Consultant and Clinical Professor in Nephrology with Special Assignments in Renal Medicine Research, Odense University Hospital, Department of Nephrology, and University of Southern Denmark, Department of Molecular Medicine / Cardiovascular and Renal Research

Research interest

Martin Tepel did pioneering work on new strategies to prevent kidney damage. His seminal paper on the role of N-acetylcysteine in the prevention of contrast-induced kidney damage (Tepel et al., N Engl J Med 2000) opened the way for new developments for renal repair.

He recently established a platform for molecular monitoring after kidney transplantation (MoMoTx) mainly to improve the outcome of patients using molecular diagnostics. This includes determination of biomarkers in urine (e.g. calprotectin) as well as whole plasma proteome, transcriptome as well as non-coding RNA. Based on this platform several results from patients after kidney transplantation had been published (Am J Transplant. 2013;13:167-173; PLoS One 2014;9(11):e113006. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113006; PLoS One 2015;10(2):e0117315. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117315; Scientific Reports 2015;5:14882; doi: 10.1038/srep14882.)

He is also interested in the role of transient receptor potential channels for chronic kidney disease. His group established the regulation of transient receptor potential channels in cultured human podocytes (Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2012;32:378-385. doi: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.111.241018)and endothelial cells (Hypertension. 2012;59:1232-1240. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.183608).

Methods and Techniques

Cell culture, qRT-PCR, Immunoblotting, In-cell-Western assay, Fluorescence spectrophotometry for determination of intracellular calcium and sodium, Immunflorescence microscopy, ELISA techniques.


PhD students: Ying Liu, Christoffer Borst, Shenqiang Xia, Daniel Rasmussen


Physiology for medical, biomedical and pharmacy students


Professor Zhiming Zhu, Medical Universiy, Chongqing, China

Professor Joachim Jankowski, IMCAR, Aachen, Germany

Professor Morten Karsdal, Nordic BioScience Herlev, Denmark

OUH: Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Centre for Clinical Proteomics (Lars Melholt Rasmussen)

OUH: Institute of Pathology (Niels Marcussen)

Membership in Societies

European Renal Association – European Dialysis Transplantation Association (ERA-EDTA)

Selected publications   

Total of 202 peer-reviewed original contributions, 45 publications in 2010-2015; 30 first/last authorships in 2010-2015.

Total of 5532 Citations; h-Index: 37 (Source: ISI Web of Science.)

Supervisor for 86 MD thesis and 5 PhD Thesis.

Last Updated 20.01.2017