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Heidi de Wet


Associate Professor of Physiology

  • University Lecturer

Heidi de Wet received her Bachelor of Science degree from North Western University, South Africa, and was awarded a DPhil from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Medical School in 2000. She moved to the University of Oxford to pursue post-doctoral studies in 2003, where she joined the group of Professor Frances Ashcroft.  Following two maternity breaks, she joined the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics as a University Lecturer in Physiology and Associate Professor.  She is a Fellow and Director of Studies for Pre-clinical Medicine for St Catherine's College.

Her doctoral work in the Department of Chemical Pathology, UCT, first introduced her to the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) family of membrane transporters; these transporters have been the focus of her research ever since.  Her post-doctoral research in Oxford focussed on neonatal diabetes, a rare form of type 2 diabetes, and the dysfunctional ABC transporters involved in this disease.  More recently, her focus has shifted to studying the role of ABC transporters in gut endocrine K-and L-cells.  These cells are involved in nutrient sensing in the small intestine and the subsequent secretion of appropriate peptide hormones that regulate several essential physiological responses to food intake.