William Reilly

William Reilly

Role: PHD Student Email: william.reilly@newcastle.ac.uk


I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University, graduating in 2017. During my studies I developed an interest in the dysregulation of the immune system and the development of profibrotic and proinflammatory phenotypes in a range of organs. This lead me to complete my research project entitled ‘Is c-Rel signaling a key regulator of proximal tubule cell epithelial to mesenchymal transition in renal fibrosis?’ in the Newcastle Fibrosis Research Laboratory.

Having enjoyed the research experience I looked to further pursue my interest in organ fibrosis and I joined the Fibrosis Research Group as a PhD student shortly after. Working under the supervision of Dr Lee Borthwick I seek to use explanted human lung slices to study the mechanisms of lung fibrosis, further understand disease pathogenesis and to test novel therapeutic targets.

Joining the NFRG team has allowed me to further develop my passion for translational research and I look forward to contributing to the field of organ fibrogenesis.


  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences - Newcastle University (2017)