Prof. dr. Hugo de Boer is the director of research at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, where he also leads a research group on molecular identification of plants and authentication of herbal medicines and food supplements. The research applies methods such as DNA barcoding and metabarcoding within a framework systematic botany and molecular phylogenetics to study plant ingredients in processed products, ranging from traded plant materials to local traditional medicine to commercial herbal products. Research within his group includes molecular identification of protected plant-species in trade, identification of orchids in traditional food stuffs, and authentication of European herbal medicines and food supplements.
Hugo has a PhD from the University of Uppsala in Sweden, and has done postgraduate research at the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre and Leiden University in the Netherlands, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Uppsala in Sweden. Research areas include Ethiopia, Iran, Laos, Morocco, Romania, Tanzania, Tajikistan and Turkey. Since 2012 he has been based at the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo in Norway.