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Professor Nico Vermeulen graduated in Chemistry in 1975 at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 1980, he obtained his PhD in Pharmacology from Leiden University. He was appointed professor of Molecular Toxicology at VU University Amsterdam in 1985. He organizes the yearly Dutch post-academic course on general toxicology, and the yearly international LACDR/EUFEPS course on high-throughput drug metabolism and disposition.
Professor Vermeulen is a member of the Committee for the Registration of Toxicologists, chairman of the Section Pharmacochemistry of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV), a member of the Future Strategies Committee of the KNCV and councilor of the European Society of Biochemical Pharmacology. He was president-elect of the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX) in 2000 and 2001, president in 2002 and 2003, past-president in 2004 and 2005, and is currently honorary life-time member this society. In 2006, he received the European ISSX Scientific Achievement Award.
Professor Vermeulen is on the editorial boards of the journals Biomedical & Environmental Sciences, Biochemical Pharmacology, Chemico-Biological Interactions, Chirality, Chemistry & Biodiversity, Chemical Research in Toxicology, Drug Metabolism Reviews, Expert Opinions in Drug Metabolism & Toxicology, Toxicology and Xenobiotica. He is associate editor of Current Drug Metabolism and Drug Metabolism Letters and editor of Environmental Toxicology & Pharmacology. Work of him and his group is since 2001 taken up in the ISI-list of Highly Cited Researchers. He is scientific director of LACDR-Amsterdam and since April 2010 also of AIMMS, the Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen.