A full professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) since 2003, and head of Toxicology & Pharmacology since 1999.
He obtained a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from KU Leuven in 1986. In 1990, he went on to obtain a PhD in physiology at KU Leuven’s Faculty of Medicine and from 1990-1992 he attended Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA) for postdoctoral training. Jan Tytgat currently is course holder of the disciplines toxicology and pharmacology at KU Leuven and teaches in various fields of toxicology and pharmacology in the faculties of medicine, pharmaceutical and engineering Science. He also conducts research in two areas: forensic toxicology and drug discovery. He is the author of more than 345 scientific publications and several books (h-index 60). He holds a patent for the treatment of intoxication caused by Cnidaria. As head of the forensic toxicology laboratory in Leuven, he is an active court expert at the request of the Ministry of Justice. Since 1999, he has also been Director of the Biopharmaceutical Sciences Division of Leuven Research & Development (LRD), a bio-incubator for his research in drug development. He has already received several awards, including the KU Leuven Research Council Award (1994), the international Dr. Delcroix Prize from the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in 2008 for his research in the field of Cnidaria intoxication. In 2013, he received an award for best scientific dissemination from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.