Dr Zabetakis is Head of the Department (since Sept 2018) and Lecturer on Food Lipids at the Department of Biological Sciences (Faculty: Science and Engineering) in the University of Limerick (UL).
His main research interests focus on the link of food lipids to inflammation and the related onset of Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs); the contamination of food chain by heavy metals; and biosynthesis of food flavour and food sensory properties. His current research projects include the assessment of anti-inflammatory activities of dairy and aquacultured products (e.g. milk, cheese, salmon); the development of novel nutraceuticals against CVDs; and
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 development of functional foods and nutraceuticals against inflammation.
Dr Zabetakis has edited a book on marine oils, published over 80 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 24) and is a co-inventor of two patents.
With his team in UL, they published in 2019 a book entitled, The Impact of Nutrition and Statins on Cardiovascular Diseases, for Elsevier.
Tierney, A., & Zabetakis, I. Changing the Irish dietary guidelines to incorporate the principles of the Mediterranean diet: Proposing the MedÉire diet. Public Health Nutrition. 2018; 1-7. DOI:10.1017/S136898001800246X. https://doi.org/10.1017/S136898001800246X
Tsoupras A, Lordan R, Zabetakis I. Inflammation, not Cholesterol, Is a Cause of Chronic Disease. Nutrients. 2018; 10(5):604. DOI: 10.3390/nu10050604. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10050604
Nasopoulou, C. , Lytoudi, K. and Zabetakis, I. (2018), Evaluation of Olive Pomace in the Production of Novel Broilers With Enhanced In Vitro Antithrombotic Properties. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2018; 120. DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.201700290. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejlt.201700290
Lordan, R.; Tsoupras, A.; Mitra, B.; Zabetakis, I. Dairy Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: Do We Really Need to Be Concerned? Foods. 2018: 7 (3): 29. DOI: 10.3390/foods7030029. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods7030029
Tsoupras, A.; Lordan, R.; Demuru, M.; Shiels, K.; Saha, S.K.; Nasopoulou, C.; Zabetakis, I. Structural Elucidation of Irish Organic Farmed Salmon (Salmo salar) Polar Lipids with Antithrombotic Activities. Marine Drugs. 2018, 16(6): 176. DOI: 10.3390/md16060176. https://doi.org/10.3390/md16060176