Prof. Johan Heemskerk graduated in Biology and Chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen. At the same university, he performed doctoral research on the biosynthesis of plant lipids, with post-doctoral projects at the universities of Hamburg, Helsinki and Cambridge (UK). In 1986, he moved to Maastricht University, with positions at the Departments of Human Biology and Biochemistry. He is a recipient of the BACH-ISTH award for contributions to hemostasis. He participates in the following international consortia: European Platelet Network (EUPLAN); BRIDGE-UK, Horizon 2020 TAPAS and TICARDIO, Interreg EMR PolyValve.
Since 2000, he is a Principal Investigator at CARIM, where he studies signal transduction processes and cell-cell communication in blood cells in relation to hemostasis, thrombosis, atherosclerosis, vascular biology and nutrition. Main topics in his programme are the biochemical, cell-biological and physiological regulation of platelet-dependent coagulation and the importance of this process for thrombus formation, stability and embolism. His research encompasses experimental and intervention studies with blood cells from both human and animal sources, with an emphasis on flow-dependent perfusion models using microfluidics. Within consortia, his laboratory establishes platelet proteomes in mice, healthy subjects and defined patients.