Robert Balten (Rob) van der Luijt was a PhD student in Riccardo’s lab from 1991 until 1996, performing genetic analysis and genotype-phenotype studies in familial adenomatous polyposis, an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome caused by APC germline mutations.
The PhD study was supervised by the late professor P. Meera Khan and co-supervised by Riccardo.
In November 1996, Rob successfully defended his PhD thesis at Leiden University. From March 1996 he has been working at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) as a clinical laboratory specialist (main focus areas: genetic diagnostics of hereditary tumour syndromes / DNA sequence variant classification).
Rob is actively and passionately involved in (bio-)medical education at UMCU, both as a teacher, coordinator and developer of several (under-)graduate courses and lectures.