Professor Willem Ouwehand MD PhD FRCPath FMedSci
Willem is Professor of Experimental Haematology and Honorary Consultant of Haematology at the Cambridge University Hospitals and NHS Blood and Transplant.
He graduated with an MA and PhD from Amsterdam University in 1984.
After a postdoctoral fellowship in the immunology of platelets in Amsterdam, he moved to Cambridge in 1989.
Initially he continued his work on the immunology of platelets and engineered human phage antibodies against platelet alloantigens and other cell surface molecules. In 2004 he established the Bloodomics consortium that aims to delineate the relationship between sequence variation and the platelet phenotypes of function, volume and count. These studies are relevant to human health because platelets are key cells underlying thrombus formation after plaque rupture in arteries and contribute to heart attacks and stroke, respectively.