Joke Bouwstra, Prof. Dr.

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  • Professor of drug delivery, Skin Research Group

Telephone number
+31 (0)71 527 4208
E-mail address
Faculty of Science, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, Drug Delivery Technology
Office address
Gorlaeus Laboratories
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
roomnumber HB 714


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 has been appointed as full professor. She published more than 180 reviewed papers, more than 25 book chapters and is (co) inventor of 5 patents. She was co-chair of the Gordon research Conference on 'barrier function of mammalian skin' in 2003. Her main expertise is the biophysical aspects of the barrier of the skin and the delivery of drugs into and across the skin in vitro as well as in vivo. A key issue in her research is the interaction between the delivery system and the skin. She is interested in active (electrically driven) and passive delivery methods. In 2005 she received the prestigious "Simon Stevin Meesterschap" of the Technical Foundation in the Netherlands. She is local editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Liposome Research, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.