Prof. Dr. Maike Windbergs

Professor for Pharmaceutical Technology

Institute for Pharm. Technology and Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main

Research Positions

Junior research group leader and habilitation candidate, Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland and Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

Habilitation, Thesis: “Drug delivery to skin – advanced carrier systems, in vitro models and analytical imaging techniques”


Habilitation, Venia legendi for “Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics”

Postdoctoral fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA (Prof. Dr. D. Weitz)

Doctoral studies (Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany (Prof. Dr. P. Kleinebudde, Pharmaceutics); Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland (Prof. Dr. A. Urtti, Pharmaceutics); Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands (Prof. Dr. J. Herek, Physics))

Studies of Pharmacy, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany

Honors and Awards

APV (International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology) Research

Award for Outstanding Achievements in Pharmaceutical Sciences

CRS (Controlled release society) T. Nagai Postdoctoral Research Achievement Award

AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) Postdoctoral Fellow Award

Individual Marie-Curie-Stipend in the framework of the EU-Project: MEST-CT-2004-404992, Program: Euro-PhD in Advanced Drug Delivery

Selected papers

1. Vibrational spectroscopic imaging and live cell video microscopy for studying differentiation of primary human alveolar epithelial cells. Vukosavljevic B, Hittinger M, Hachmeister H, Pilger C, Murgia X, Gepp M, Gentile L, Huwer H, Schneider-Daum N, Huser T, Lehr CM, Windbergs M. J Biophotonics 2019, e201800052.

2. Tracing molecular and structural changes upon mucolysis with N-acetyl cysteine in human airway mucus. Vukosavljevic B, Murgia X, Schwarzkopf K, Schaefer UF, Lehr CM, Windbergs M. Int J Pharm 2017, 533, 373-376.

3. Intracellular delivery of poorly soluble polyphenols – elucidating the interplay of self-assembling nanocarriers and human chondrocytes. Kann B, Spengler C, Coradini K, Rigo LA, Bennink M, Jacobs K, Offerhaus HL, Beck RCR, Windbergs M. Anal Chem 2016, 88, 7014-7022.

4. Three-dimensional hierarchical cultivation of human skin cells on bio-adaptive hybrid fibers. Planz V, Seif S, Atchinson J, Vukosavljevic B, Sparenberg L, Kroner E, Windbergs M. Integr Biol 2016, 8, 775-784.

5. Skin penetration behaviour of lipid-core nanocapsules for simultaneous delivery of resveratrol and curcumin. Friedrich RB, Coradini K, Kann B, Beck RCR, Windbergs M. Eur J Pharm Sci 2015, 78, 204-213.

6. Overcoming drug crystallization in electrospun fibers – elucidating key parameters and developing strategies for drug delivery. Seif S, Franzen L, Windbergs M. Int J Pharm 2015, 478, 390-397.

7. Biodegradable core-shell carriers for simultaneous encapsulation of synergistic actives. Windbergs M, Heyman J, Zhao J, Weitz DA. J Am Chem Soc. 2013, 135, 7933-7937. Featured in Science 2013, 340, 1016-1017.

8. Towards drug quantification in human skin with confocal Raman microscopy. Franzen L, Selzer D, Fluhr J, Schaefer UF, Windbergs M. Eur J Pharm Biopharm 2013, 84, 437-444.

9. Drug dissolution chip (DDC): a microfluidic approach for drug release. Windbergs M, Weitz DA. Small 2011, 7, 3011-3015.

10. Budesonide loaded nanoparticles with pH-sensitive coating for improved mucosal targeting in inflammatory bowel diseases. Ali H, Weigmann B, Neurath MF, Collnot EM, Windbergs M, Lehr CM. J Control Release 2014, 183, 167-177.