Kenny Baillie graduated from the University of Edinburgh, BSc(Hons) in Physiology in 1999 and MBChB in 2002. After junior house officer jobs in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, he trained in hospital medicine at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, before being appointed to a training scheme in anaesthesia and critical care medicine in South East Scotland. During this time he led a series of high altitude research projects, involving several expeditions to Bolivia, and ran a charity, Apex (altitude physiology expeditions). He was appointed as a clinical lecturer on the ECAT (Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track) at the University of Edinburgh in 2008.

Kenny’s research interest is the genetics of host susceptibility to severe infection. He led the GenISIS (Genetics of Influenza Susceptibility in Scotland) study and the host genetics component of the MOSAIC (Mechanisms of Severe Influenza Consortium) study. In his role as working group chair for genomics, pathogenesis and pharmacology for the International Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Consortium (ISARIC), he led the development of an integrated biological sampling protocol for use in outbreaks, which is supported by the World Health Organization and has been adopted in many countries throughout the world.