The Lipidomics Research Facility is a major new research unit looking at the impact of lipids, commonly known as fats, on disease development.  It is the first unit in Scotland to turn the spotlight specifically on looking at the role of lipids in disease.

Developed by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), the unit has been funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council.

The focus of the research is to apply cutting-edge techniques to explore the role of lipids in the progression of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  Led by Professor Phil Whitfield, the team are actively researching with partners in the region and elsewhere in the UK, as well as Europe and USA.


  • Lipid extraction, fractionation and purification
  • Global lipid profiling
  • Targeted lipid analysis
  • Lipid identification
  • Quantitative analysis of lipids
  • Mass spectrometry 
  • Mass isotopomer distribution analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Statistical analysis


  • Sample processing laboratories
  • Frozen sample storage (-20 to -150)
  • Mass spectrometry suite
  • Bioinformatics and data mining
  • Secure data storage and archiving facilities 


The facility offer a range of service options depending upon the specific requirements the academic or commercial partner.

  • Fee for service projects
  • Collaborative projects
  • Study and experimental design
  • Lipidomis method development and validation
  • Lipid analysis 
  • Data processing and interpretation
  • Training opportunities for postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students
  • Consultancies 

All projects are conducted in line with the principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

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