Professor P.S. Hiemstra, PhD

Area(s) of interest

  • Respiratory Immunology and Cell Biology


Pieter S. Hiemstra is professor of Respiratory Cell Biology and Immunology, and head of the Laboratory for Respiratory Cell Biology and Immunology of the Department of Pulmonology of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). His other activities include being Chair of Assembly 3 (Basic and Translational Science) of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Section Editor Basic Science of the European Respiratory Journal, and chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Lung Foundation Netherlands. Pieter Hiemstra was elected in 2014 as Fellow of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the largest respiratory society worldwide. 

Areas of interest

  • Pulmonology
  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology
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Research interests and teaching

Respiratory Cell Biology and Immunology is a fascinating area of research. It is not only essential for our understanding of the pathogenesis of lung diseases, but also for the prevention, and the current and future treatment of these diseases. The research of the team of Hiemstra is conducted in a clinical department where basic, translational and clinical science meet. His research is mainly focussed on the obstructive lung diseases (COPD and asthma), but has more recently also included lung cancer research. The epithelial cells that line the airway and the alveoli take center stage in the research. Understanding the function of these cells in health and disease is essential for understanding their role in chronic inflammation, repair of injured lung tissue, and lung cancer.

Hiemstra regards teaching medical students and students in biomedical sciences as an important task, and in his teaching stresses the importance of understanding the fundamentals of disease processes for optimal patient care and research. From 2007-2013 Hiemstra was chair of the Education Committee of Biomedical Sciences at LUMC.     

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