Leon de Windt was born in Willemstad, on the Island of Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) in 1970. He received a Master degree in Molecular Biology from Utrecht University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology from Maastricht University in 1999.
He carried out his postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Jeffery D. Molkentin at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati OH, USA as an American Heart Association Fellow.
In 2002 he was appointed group leader at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht (director: Hans Clevers) an Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
In 2008 he was appointed Associate Professor at the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
In 2010 he moved to Maastricht where he is appointed as Professor of Molecular Cardiology at the Department of Cardiology, CARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University.
Leon de Windt is the recipient of several Awards, including the European Young Investigators Award in Cardiology from the Bekales Foundation; co-recipient of the Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Award for Young Investigators from the American Heart Association; recipient of a 2003 Innovational Research Incentives Scheme VENI award and an Innovational Research Incentives Scheme 2007 VIDI award from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO); in 2008 he was selected as core member of a Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence; he is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award of the ESC Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science as well as the 2012 Galenus Research Prize. In 2012, he received an ERC Starting Grant from the prestigious European Research Council to support his work.