Prof Anna Nicolaou BSc PhD CChem FRSC

Professor of Biological Chemistry

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Anna Nicolaou is Professor of Biological Chemistry at the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, The University of Manchester. Her research focuses on bioactive lipids and mass spectrometry-based lipidomics, with emphasis on the molecular mechanisms that mediate the role of eicosanoids, endocannabinoids, ceramides and related mediators in inflammation, immunity, cellular communications and tissue responses. Prof Nicolaou has a long standing interest in skin inflammation and the role of lipids in acute and chronic cutaneous disorders. The involvement of fatty acids and their metabolites in cancer, neuroinflammation, reproductive tissues and the cardiovascular system are also of interest, and this work has been supported by research councils, charities and industry. Currently, she is a member of the ISSFAL board, and until recently, was the executive editor of BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids.


1982-1987: B.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece.

1987-1991: Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece and CNRS Saclay, France.

1998- 2003: PGCE in Higher Education, University of Bradford, UK.

Professional Qualifications:  FRSC, C.CHEM,  HEAM

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem, FRSC)
  • Biochemical Society (Biochem Soc)
  • British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMMS)
  • International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL)
  • European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids (EuroFedLipid)

External positions

International Lipidomics Society, steering committee of interest group on Lipid Functions

2020 → …

Executive Editor, BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids


ISSFAL Board Member

2016 → …

EuroFedLipid Co-Chair Lipidomic Division

2010 → …


  • Lipid Biology; Lipidomics

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