Joke Bouwstra

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials J.A.
Main position Sectieleider afdeling Drug Delivery Technology UL
Disciplines Macromolecular chemistry, polymer chemistry
  Immunology, serology
  Physical chemistry
Chair Geneesmiddel toediening
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2013
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit W&N
Leiden/Academic Centre for Drug Research
Einsteinweg 55, room HB 714
2333 CC Leiden
tel.  071 527 4208
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Joke Bouwstra conducts research that bridges the gap between chemistry, pharmaceutical science and medicine. She has applied a broad range of techniques to map the barrier function of the skin at molecular level. The upper layer of the skin protects the body against excessive moisture loss from inside and against intruders from outside. Fats play a key role in the skin’s barrier function. Bouwstra’s discoveries about the skin barrier are leading to new methods of vaccination and more effective treatments for skin disorders.