Prof. Robert Gilbert

University of Queensland in Australia
Starch and glycogen: molecular cousins of importance to human health

Professor Robert (‘Bob’) Gilbert works both at the University of Queensland (Australia) and Yangzhou University (China). He has written about 550 papers and two books, and has supervised over 200 research students. For the last two decades, his research interests have been in the biosynthesis, structure and properties of complex branched glucose polymers, particularly starch and glycogen, especially their relationships to human health. The major theme in his work is the development of mathematical relationships enabling appropriate data, and devising new experimental means of obtaining data, to understand these relationships. He is fluent in French and German, as well as his native English, and speaks basic Chinese. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.