Emeritus professor at the Natural Products Laboratory, Institute of Biology, Leiden University - the Netherlands
Rob holds a Pharmacists degree (1972) from Leiden University, and he passed his PhD at the same university on a thesis on pharmacologically active compounds from Strychnos species (1976). He was lecturer at Leiden University 1976-1987, and became professor and head of the Department of Pharmacognosy in 1987. He was guest professor in London (UK), Uppsala (Sweden), Amiens (France) and Reims (France). From 1992-1998 he was Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the committee of the Phytochemical Society of Europe.
Rob is author/co-author of >1000 scientific papers, 3 books and 4 patent applications and is Editor-in-chief of Journal of Ethnopharmacology and Phytochemical Reviews, and Executive Editor of Biotechnology Letters. He serves on the editorial board of 21 journals.
His research interests are in biosynthesis and metabolic engineering of plant secondary metabolism; metabolomics; medicinal plants; and the isolation and identification of biologically active natural products.
He received an Honorary Doctorate University of Amiens, France (2004). In 2007 he received the Phytochemical Society of Europe Medal.