Professor Kebreab Ghebremeskel

Professor Kebreab Ghebremeskel is a Research Scientist for the Lipidomics and Nutrition Research Centre at London Met. 

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Professor Kebreab Ghebremeskel (PhD, FIBiol CBiol) obtained MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Wales, UK. His research work, which started at the Nuffield Laboratories of Comparative Medicine, Zoological Society of London in 1988, covers maternal and neonatal nutrition, lipids and cell function, and membrane fatty acids in genetic and non-genetic disorders. He has conducted collaborative studies on fatty acid insufficiency and imbalance in British, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese & Sudanese pregnant women and neonates.

Professor Ghebremeskel coordinated an EU FP6 Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge programme involving Israel and Norway on the role of lipids and fatty acids on development and health. He has also conducted collaborative research on the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids for pregnant diabetic women (Newham Teaching Hospital), patients with sickle cell disease and drug-resistant epilepsy (Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum), Multiple sclerosis (Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics), glaucoma (University of Nigeria, Enugu), inflammatory bowel disease (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot) and Asperger’s syndrome (Masovia Children and Teenagers Neuropsychiatry and Rehabilitation Centre, Warsaw, Poland).

Professor Ghebremeskel and colleagues are the first to report that maternal diabetes induces membrane fatty acid abnormality in mothers and their babies at birth, and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation ameliorates seizure frequency in drug-resistant epilepsy. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed communications on fatty acids, comparative biochemistry, maternal and neonatal nutrition, nutritional ecology and antioxidant protection, supervised 18 PhDs and mentored 12 postdoctoral fellows.

Research interests

  • Membrane lipids and cell function
  • In-utero nutritional environment and pre and post-natal development and health
  • Nutrients and gene interaction
  • Comparative biochemistry and nutritional ecology


Lipidomics and Nutrition Research Centre

Professor Ghebremeskel currently supervises postgraduate students in a number of topic areas which include diabetes, sickle cell disease, epilepsy, aspergers syndrome and polycystic ovary syndorme.

Academic roles

  • Member of the Research and Enterprise Committee of the University
  • Member of Research Degrees Sub Committee of the University Awards Board
  • Member of Research Steering Group of the School of Human Sciences
  • Chair of Research Degrees Sub-Committee of the School of Human Sciences

Ghebremeskel K (Publications 2014-2021)

  • Phylax Ltd – £30,000
  • Vifor Pharam International  – £35,000
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth, Sultanat of Oman – £192,830
  • Vifor Pharma International – £31,000
  • Vifor Pharma International – £55,883
  • Efamoal/Weston Internatiaonl – £15,000
  • Equazen Ltd. – £150,000
  • Mother and Child Foundation – £269,000
  • EU FP6 Marie Curie Action - Transfer of Knowledge – €1,285,600


Professor Kebreab Ghebremeskel

Lipidomics and Nutrition Research Centre
School of Human Sciences
London Metropolitan University