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F.J. (Fenna) van der Heijden, MD

Ph.D. candidate

  • Focus area
  • Normothermic regional perfusion, MicroRNAs, 16s rRNA, Metabolism, Inflammation, Cost-effectiveness, Utility Drug levels



I am a clinician, organ perfusionist and PhD candidate. My research is about normothermic regional perfusion before liver transplant. After my PhD I want to work as a surgical resident.

Field(s) of expertise

My PhD is partly clinical: I work as a organ perfusionist and collect material during this procedure.

The laboratory work is mostly performed by myself at the LETIS and sometimes in an external lab.

Education and career

I studied medicine at the Rijksuniversity Groningen. The internships of my 5th year I performed in Curacao, Dutch Antilles. The last year of my study I performed research and my last rotation both at the Erasmus MC on the liver transplant department. 

Teaching activities

  • Bachelor thesis supervision
  • Congress organization
  • Teaching minors


Other positions

Dutch transplant society Young Professionals

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