Qualifications:PhD Food Science, MEd Science
UL - Head of Department : Biological Sciences
Dr Zabetakis is Head of the Department (since Sept 2018) and Lecturer on Food Lipids at the Department of Biological Sciences in the University of Limerick (UL).
His main research interests are:
a/ on the link of food lipids to inflammation and the related onset of Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs),
b/ the contamination of food chain by heavy metals and the impact of these pollutants to human health and
c/ bioformation of food flavour and food sensory properties.
His current research projects include:
1. the assessment of anti-inflammatory activities of dairy and aquacultured products (e.g. milk, cheese, salmon),
2. the development of novel nutraceuticals againsts CVDs and
3. the valorisation of food industry by-products in order to develop novel functional animal and fish feeds against CVDs .
The focus of his team is towards the sustainable production of functional food and nutraceuticals against inflammation.
Dr Zabetakis has edited a book on marine oils, published >70 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 20) and is a co-inventor in two patents. With his team in UL, he is currently writing a book on “The Impact of Nutrition and Statins on Cardiovascular Diseases” for Elsevier.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be in the same career as you?
Follow your heart :)
What do you see as your next step in your career?
Create a new product to cure heart disease
What other sorts of jobs can you do with your qualifications?
Any job in the food Industry, start up food company
What's the best part of your current job?
talking to people / teaching / exchanging ideas
What don't you like about your current job?