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Platelet Biology Group



Willem 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.

The personal assistant to Professor Ouwehand is Ms Lindsay Walker:

Tel: +44 (0)1223 588050
Fax: +44 (0)1223 588155


  • Haematology
  • Haematopoiesis
  • Rare diseases of the blood
  • Platelet biology
  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
Professor of Experimental Haematology
Honorary Consultant of Haematology, NHSBT
Honorary Member of the Faculty, Sanger Institute
Professor Willem H Ouwehand

Contact Details

Department of Haematology
University of Cambridge
NHS Blood and Transplant Centre
Long Road
+44 (0)1223 588037
Not available for consultancy