Joost Schalkwijk was educated at the Radboud University and the University of Leiden, and was awarded his Master of Science degree in 1982. He did his PhD studies in experimental rheumatology (thesis defense in 1986) and started as a principal investigator at the department of Dermatology at the RadboudUMC in 1988. Since 2003 he is professor of Experimental Dermatology. His main interest is in keratinocyte biology and inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. His group aims to translate basic science to applications in the treatment of human diseases.