Peter Heidt studied biology and medicine at the University of Leiden. After completing his studies, he worked as a microbiologist in the Radiobiological Institute of TNO in Rijswijk, the Netherlands where he investigated the role of the gastrointestinal ‘microbiome’ in the initiation/severity of immunological complications after bone marrow transplantation. At the same time he was honorary consultant at the pediatric department of the Leiden University Medical Center, (LUMC) where bone marrow transplantions are being performed in the Willem Alexander Children Hospital, which is part of the LUMC.
In 1989 Peter defended his thesis at the University of Leiden, entitled ‘Gnotobiotics and Bone Marrow Transplantation: Experimental and Clinical Studies‘. His thesis got the highest possible evaluation: ‘summa cum laude’ In the same year he was appointed to be head of the Division Bone Marrow Transplantation of the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) in Rijswijk. From 1998 till his retirement in 2009 Peter was the chairman of the Animal Science Department of the BPRC.
In addition to his activities in the BPRC and the LUMC Peter was from 1993 onwards Professor of Gnotobiology at the Department of Medical Microbiology of the Radboud University Medical Center Centre in Nijmegen. He held various board positions in national and international organizations. He is a co-organizer of the annual Old Herborn University Seminars.
Peter Heidt has authored more than 150 publications in national and international scientific journals and books. After his retirement he remains active as an honorary consultant for the Pediatric department of the LUMC.
“I accepted a Board function for P2T because its mission is very appealing to me: the quick and exclusive use of Phase 2 studies to make new therapies and drugs quicker and cheaper available for clinical use.”