Biography of Lars Bohlin
Lars Bohlin has been professor of Pharmacognosy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University, Sweden from 1991 to 2015. He did his postdoctoral training with Professor Carl Djerassi at Stanford University and Professor Paul J. Scheuer at the University of Hawaii 1978–1981. His research covers a broad field of natural product research including structure-activity studies of natural products from both the rainforest and the marine environment. Lars Bohlin is engaged in many national and international commissions.
Professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has been acting as head of the Department of Pharmacy and after that same position at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry during 2002-2005 and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy 2005-2008. He was elected as Inspektor by the students of Faculty of Pharmacy 1998-2003.
Lars Bohlin recieved his Master of Science in Pharmacy degree at the Royal Institute of Pharmacy in Stockholm 1972 and Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Uppsala University 1978. He got his postdoctoral training with Professor Carl Djerassi at Stanford University and Professor Paul J. Scheuer at University of Hawaii 1978-1981. He was then appointed to the Faculty of Pharmacy at his present institution as Assistant Professor of Pharmacognosy 1981. He was promoted to Associate Professor 1986 and Professor of Pharmacognosy 1991. He became Professor emeritus in the same subject 2015.
After his post-doctoral training he developed marine pharmacognosy in Sweden with the aim to identify structure-activity relationships with potential in drug discovery. His interests have focused on both ethnopharmacology with emphasis on anti-inflammatory natural products and also exploring host-defence in plant and marine organisms for molecules with anti-tumour activity. Furthermore, recently he has started a collaborative project with the objective to evaluate micro-fungi of natural origin as a source for molecules with inhibiting effect on antibiotic multi resistent bacteria.
He has been a member of Cellbiology and Chemistry Drafting Committee within the Swedish Research Council, FORMAS. Furthermore, he has been involved as expert in international committees for evaluation of research or appointment of research positions in e.g. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Denmark, Norway, Canada and South Africa. In 2001 he was involved as an international expert for evaluation of pharmacy education in Estonia and Finland. From 1992-1999 he was member of the Committee of the Swedish Pharmacopoeia and a member of the expert group no. 13 within the Euopean Pharmacopoeia Commission, Strasbourg. He has further been involved in several international comissions in relation to developing countries together with UNIDO and Swedish SIDA/SAREC. Frequently he is involved as PhD examiner and also guest lecturer in many countries. From 2011 he is acting as Chairman of the board at Folkuniversitetet, Uppsala.
He has been subject editor for Phytochemistry Letters and member of advisory board of Planta Medica and Phytomedicine and present member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Natural Products. He has been supervisor for 15 Ph.D. students and 6 licentiate exams and been an advisor to a number of post-docs and visiting scholars from many different countries. He has co-authored more than 150 research articles, reviews and book chapters. In 2010 and 2015 he is co-author of the 6th- and 7th edition of the Pharmacognosy text book ”Drugs of Natural Origin – A Treatise of Pharmacognosy”. In 2013 he is co-author of a new text book ”Läkemedel från Naturen – en integrerad del av medicinen”.
Professor Bohlin is also involved in applied natural product research and has several patents and is founder and chairman of the company, Viogard, involved in development of environmental non-toxic marine paints.