Dr Paul J McKeegan

Dr Paul J McKeegan


I joined the University of Leeds as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Helen Picton in 2014.

Following my BSc Biochemistry studies at the University of York, I undertook teacher training (PGCE Chemistry) and gained experience as a teacher of science. I returned to the laboratory to obtain my PhD in 'Metabolic regulation during early embryo development' from the Hull York Medical School in 2015.


  • Member of LICAMM Career Development Action Group (CarDeAc)

Research interests

My research has focussed on metabolic regulation throughout mammalian oocyte and embryo development and in response to manipulation of metabolism and in vitro culture environment. I am currently working on the development of novel culture systems to optimise mammalian embryo culture transfer procedures in collaboration with Dr Virginia Pensabene, Dr Paolo Actis and Professor Helen Picton.


  • PhD Metabolic regulation during early embryo development (Hull York Medical School)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PGCE Chemistry (University of York)
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (University of York)

Professional memberships

  • Society for Reproduction and Fertility
  • Biochemical Society

Student education

I design and lead lectures, tutorials and practical sessions for students on the MSc Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technologies course.

I have also supervised several MSc and BSc project students.

I was awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Discovery and Translational Science