Richard B. van Breemen is Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, faculty of the Linus Pauling Institute, and faculty of the Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University. Richard received his B.A. in Chemistry from Oberlin College in 1980 and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1985 before carrying out post-doctoral research in laser desorption mass spectrometry at Johns Hopkins. After teaching chemistry at North Carolina State University and medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, Richard moved his laboratory to Oregon State University in 2018.
Richard received the Harvey W. Wiley Award from AOAC INTERNATIONAL in 2008, the Varro E. Tyler Prize from the American Society of Pharmacognosy in 2017, Researcher of the Year Award and University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois, and is a Fellow of the International Carotenoid Society. He is a member of the USP Dietary Supplements Admission, Evaluation, & Labeling Expert Committee. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL since 2016, and has served on the editorial boards for Assay and Drug Development Technologies, Biomedical Chromatography as a regional editor, and Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening as editor-in-chief.
His research concerns the discovery of pharmacologically active natural products using affinity selection-mass spectrometry, the discovery and development of natural products that prevent cancer and neurological degenerative diseases, and the investigation of the safety and efficacy of botanical dietary supplements. Richard has published nearly 400 research papers and book chapters concerning natural products, botanical dietary supplements and the use of mass spectrometry for drug discovery and development from natural product sources, and he has mentored over 80 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.