Marin Roje

Head of lab., senior research associate

Dr Marin Roje was born in 1972 in Split, Croatia where he completed his primary and secondary education. After moving to Zagreb in 1991, he obtained BSc in biotechnology (1996) and MSc in chemistry (2000) from University of Zagreb. In 2003 dr Roje received his PhD in organic chemistry from Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. From 2004 he spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in New York, USA, working in the field of bioactive natural products chemistry.

After his return to Zagreb he was actively involved in establishing and conducting R&D in Rudjer Boskovic Institute’s spin-off company Chirallica Ltd., specialized in chiral chemistry. From 2009 he is senior research associate at Rudjer Boskovic Institute, and associate professor at University of Split (Doctoral Study in Chemistry of the Mediterranean Environment) and Rijeka (Doctoral Study in Medicinal Chemistry). Dr Roje is head of the Laboratory for Chiral Technologies at Rudjer Boskovic Institute.

His expertise and research interest involve isolation, chemistry and mode of action of natural products, chiral separations techniques and absolute configuration determination of bioactive molecules. Currently, he is co-leader of the Center of Excellence for Marine Bioprospecting-BioProCro, and WP leader (Bioorganic Synthesis) of the project Bioprospecting of the Adriatic sea-BioProAdriatic. He published 40 publications, book chapter, and is co-author of 3 patent applications. He received two best student's award from University of Zagreb (1995 and 1996), award from the Croatian Biotechnology Foundation (1997), and Vladimir Prelog Award in organic chemistry from Croatian Chemical Society and Pliva Ltd (2006).

Dr Roje is currently president of the Section of Organic Chemistry at the Croatian Chemical Society, state representative in the European Chemical Society-EuChemS Division of Organic Chemistry, and in the Innovative Medicines Initiative-IMI2.