After first graduating in Chemistry/Statistical Analysis at Birkbeck College, University of London in 1981 (achieved part-time whilst employed as a scientific officer at Guy’s Hospital Poisons Unit), Prof. Grootveld completed his PhD degree research programme on bioanalytical chemistry and metallodrugs in 1985 at the same institution and then conducted post-doctoral work on the analysis of ‘markers’ of free radical activity in biofluids at King’s College, University of London for 2 years. He then spent 2.5 years lecturing and conducting research work at the Polytechnic of North London prior to taking up a Lectureship in Clinical Chemistry at St. Bartholomews and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1989, where he subsequently became Senior Lecturer and then Reader in Chemical Pathology. Later, he transferred to London South Bank University where he was also Reader in Chemical Pathology, and Director of their MSc Forensic Science course. He was then appointed Professor of Chemical Pathology and Biomedical Materials at the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI), University of Bolton where he established and directed a Master’s course in Medical and Healthcare Devices which was the first of its kind available in the UK. Recently, he took up the postion of Professor of Bioanalaytical Chemistry at Leicester School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University, where he is also Head of the Medicinal Chemistry Group. He was Visiting Professor of Clinical Chemistry at Queen’s University Belfast from 2001-2005. Prof. Grootveld is the author of 108 full, refereed research publications in reputable international scientific and/or clinical journals, 17 reviews and more than 200 refereed conference contributions. Since 1987, he has attracted more than £5,700,000 of external research funding.
Prof. Grootveld is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is also a Member of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and the European Tooth-Whitening Committee. He also organised and chaired the very first international symposium regarding the applications of high-resolution NMR techniques to the oral science area (IADR conference, New Orleans, USA, March 2007). His administrative duties have included student recruitment, budget and policy issues, together with successful programme development. He has recently been appointed to the position of Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at Warwick Medical and Dental School, University of Warwick for a 3-year period.
Research activities: Attraction of research funding from research councils, EU, medical charities, industrial sources, etc.; operation and management of such externally-funded research programmes; publication of research data in reputable scientific/clinical journals; supervision of post-doctoral and postgraduate staff; generation and management of research grant research outputs.