Dr. A. El Ghalbzouri

Assistant professor

Area(s) of interest


Abdelouahab El Ghalbzouri (1973) studied Biotechnology and Biochemistry (BSc, 1994-1997) in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands and Molecular and Cellular Biology (MSc, 1998) at the Medical University Paris VI in Paris (France). He started his PhD at the Dutch biotech company IsoTis, for which he performed all the research at the Department of Dermatology of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). During his PhD, he optimized the generation of reconstructed human skin models and extensively studied their use for research, diagnostic and clinical purposes.

Abdoel continued his work on human skin models as a post-doc (2004-2006) and became senior scientist (universitair docent, UD) at the Department of Dermatology (LUMC). Currently, he is leading the research group ‘disease skin models’, in which various skin diseases (e.g. eczema, squamous cell carcinoma) and skin conditions (e.g. wound healing and aging) are mimicked in vitro to better understand the physiopathology of the skin. In 2008, this research group was awarded the ‘Alternative to animal testing award’ from the Dutch Society for Animal Protection and the Netherlands Centre for Alternatives to Animal Use. In 2009, the group received the ‘Pearl project award’ for mimicking skin cancer in vitro from the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw).


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