Dr. Mariena van der Plas

Mariena van der Plas is an associate professor in cutaneous immunology and infection microbiology at the LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and also at the Division for Dermatology and Venereology of Lund University, Sweden. She was trained as a molecular and medical biologist (cum laude MSc), and immunologist (PhD) at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Dr Van der Plas is specialised in wound and skin infections, inflammation and subsequent tissue damage, and has over 15 years of experience within the field of understanding and targeting wound and skin infections. Currently, the research focus of her team is on various aspects of chronic infections, including bacterial escape mechanisms, the role of host defence peptides, peptidomics-based biomarker discovery and the development of novel approaches to address cutaneous delivery of immunomodulatory and antimicrobial peptides.