• Laurence S. Harbige


    Laurence S Harbige was born and educated in London. His primary research interest is in the role of fatty acids and related factors in immune function, inflammation and autoimmunity. Between 1982-1992 he worked in the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, Nuffield Laboratories of Comparative Medicine (Zoological Society of London) where he undertook animal and human research on essential fatty acids and antioxidants, receiving a PhD from Brunel University in 1993. In 1992 he moved to the Department of Immunology, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University of London (now King‘s College London) where in addition to continuing his research interests, he lectured undergraduate medical students. In 1997 he joined the School of Chemical and Life Sciences at the University of Greenwich as a Senior Lecturer and was appointed Reader/Associate Professor in Nutrition Metabolism and Immunology in 1999. In 2017 he moved to the School of Life Sciences and Computing, London Metropolitan University and is currently a visiting lecturer at King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London). Dr Harbige has over one hundred scientific publications including primary research papers, reviews, conference communications, book chapters and named inventor on many patents (Google Scholar Profile) and a regular peer reviewer for over a dozen international scientific journals. He has acted as an expert adviser as well as a grant reviewer for the UK MRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, DoH, Food Standards Agency (FSA) and several medical research charities and MRC South Africa. He is a senior editor for Journal of Inflammation and has served on the conference and specialist committees of the British Society for Immunology (BSI), Nutrition Society, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) and the International Society for Immunonutrition (ISIN). Dr Harbige is a Fellow of several professional UK societies including the Royal Society of Biology, Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Medicine. His other interests include scuba diving and animal wildlife.