Robert Jan Veldman (1967) studied Medical Biology at Utrecht University and he obtained his PhD in Groningen (and in part at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) on sphingolipid signaling in cancer cells, in relation to multidrug-resistance. He continued this line of research during a two-year post-doc project at INSERM in Toulouse, France. After subsequent post-doc projects at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (liposomal delivery of chemotherapeutic agents) and the Academic Medical Centre (gene therapy for correction of inherited lipid disorders) in Amsterdam, Robert Jan joined the Utrecht University for Applied Sciences in 2005.
His teaching activities (0.6 fte) include lecturing on Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Proteomics, and he also provides practical training of lab technicians in their research skills. In addition Robert Jan is coördinator of the UUAS educational programme Biomolecular Research and he organizes and supervises (international) research internships.
His current research activities (0.4 fte) include analysis of allergenic proteins and lipid metabolites by mass spectrometry. He (co)authored 25 scientific publications and is the inventor of a patented drug-delivery system.
It is Robert Jan his ongoing ambition to educate young laboratory professionals, who contribute to the progress of biomedical science, technology and health care in Utrecht and the rest of the world. To realize this goal he joined the lectorate right from the start in 2008, since it provides him and his students an inspiring environment where education and (applied) research blend perfectly.
His leisure activities include camping, speed skating and scuba diving.