Willem H. Ouwehand
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute & University of Cambridge & NHS Blood and Transplant
Bio: Willem H Ouwehand is Professor of Experimental Haematology at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. He obtained his medical degree and science PhD in 1984 at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also holds honorary Consultant Haematologist appointments at Cambridge University Hospitals and NHS Blood and Transplant. He leads a research team of ~25 staff, which specialises in studies on the formation and function of platelets with a focus on their role in heart attacks and stroke, respectively. Four team leaders direct research in epigenomics of megakaryopoiesis, blood cell function, megakaryocyte & platelet biology and clinical bioinformatics & statistical genomics. He is one of the principal investigators for the INTERVAL randomised controlled study in 50,000 blood donors. Willem is also Director of the NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases and oversees in this role a team of 35 staff who are responsible for the genotyping by Whole Genome Sequencing of 10,000 patients with the purpose to better define the molecular basis underlying their rare disorders. His team has been responsible for delivering the pilot phase of the 100 000 Genomes Project for Rare Diseases.
Note: this event will be followed by Happy Hour.