Paul McKeegan

BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCE, AFHEA

Lecturer in Human Physiology

Role at Hull York Medical School

Paul contributes to Teaching and Learning on the MBBS and MSc Clinical Anatomy and Education programmes.


Paul completed his BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry in 2009 and a PGCE (Chemistry) in 2010 at the University of York. After teaching chemistry in a secondary school, Paul went on to undertake his PhD entitled “Metabolic regulation during early embryo development” at the Hull York Medical School with Dr Roger Sturmey and Prof Henry Leese, graduating in 2015. This was followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Leeds with Prof Helen Picton, investigating metabolism during ovarian follicle activation and later optimising novel microfluidic embryo culture devices with Dr Virginia Pensabene and Dr Paolo Actis. Paul also taught on the MSc programmes in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technologies in Leeds.

Paul recently joined the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences as a Lecturer in Human Physiology and is based in the Loxley Building at the University of Hull.


Paul's research interests include the regulation of oocyte and embryo metabolism, as well as the impact of parental diet and assisted reproduction technologies on embryo development and lifelong health.

  • Gateway to Medicine - Human Biology 1 Module Lead
  • MSc Clinical Anatomy and Education - Dissertation Module Lead
  • Gateway to Medicine Human Biology 2 Module Tutor
  • MBBS Phase 1 Tutor

View Paul's publications on ORCID.

Selected publications

McKeegan, P.J., and Sturmey, R.G. (2019). Metabolomic screening of embryos to enhance successful selection and transfer. In: G.T. Kovacs, A.J. Rutherford and D.K. Gardner (Eds). How to Prepare the Egg and Embryo to Maximize IVF Success (pp. 295-304). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316756744.025

Colucci F., McKeegan P., Picton H., Pensabene V. (2018) Mouse embryo assay to evaluate polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) embryo-toxicity. Conf. Proc. IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2018

R Pennock, E Bray, P Pryor, S James, P McKeegan, R Sturmey and P Genever (2015) Autonomous cell reprogramming by controlled autophagy Scientific Reports 5

JLMR Leroy, RG Sturmey, V Van Hoeck, J De Bie, PJ McKeegan and PEJ Bols (2014) Dietary Fat Supplementation and the Consequences for Oocyte and Embryo Quality: Hype or Significant Benefit for Dairy Cow Reproduction? Reproduction in Domestic Animals 49, 353–36

F Guerif, P McKeegan, HJ Leese and RG Sturmey (2013) A Simple Approach for COnsumption and RElease (CORE) Analysis of Metabolic Activity in Single Mammalian Embryos PloS ONE 8 (8)

Paul J McKeegan and Roger G Sturmey (2012) The Role of Fatty Acids in Oocyte and Early Embryo Development Reproduction, Fertility and Development 24(1) pp59-67