Professor of Drug Delivery
Prof. Dr. Joke Bouwstra is professor of Drug Delivery, Skin Barrier and Vaccination Group, at the Division of BioTherapeutics.
Joke Bouwstra is responsible for the skin research at LACDR. She received her PhD degree in 1985. In the same year she was appointed as assistant professor at the Centre for Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (renamed to LACDR). In 1988 she started in the field of transdermal and dermal drug delivery. In 1996 she was awarded with the young investigators award of the controlled release society. In 2003 she was appointed as full professor. She published more than 300 reviewed papers, more than 30 book chapters and is (co) inventor of 11 patents. She was chair of the Gordon Research Conference on 'barrier function of mammalian skin' in 2003. Her main expertise is the barrier of healthy and diseased skin and the delivery of biologics into the skin. A key issue in her research is the lipid composition and organization of inflammatory skin diseases. She combines findings obtained in clinical studies with results from in vitro systems, such as human skin equivalents and lipid membrane systems. Concerning the delivery of biologics, the main focus is the delivery of antigens by using various types of microneedles combined with nanoparticulate formulations into the skin aiming for an effective vaccination. In 2005 she received the prestigious "Simon Stevin Meesterschap" of the Technical Foundation in the Netherlands. In 2011 she received the international C.E.R.I.E.S. award and in 2013 she was elected as a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences. She is local editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Liposome Research, Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, Experimental Dermatology and the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
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