Ingolf Blasig, Editorial Board Member
Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, Germany
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Ingolf Blasig heads the Molecular Cell Physiology Unit at the Leibnizinstitute for Molecular Pharmacology Berlin-Buch, Germany. He holds a Diploma in Biochemistry from the University Leipzig, a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Academy of Sciences Berlin, and a D.Sc. in Biochemical Pharmacology from the University Halle. 1977-1992, he led a laboratory at the Academy of Sciences and completed Postgraduation in biochemistry and pharmacology. He is Senior Lecturer at Universities in Berlin and Potsdam. 1992, he has been appointed Independent Research Group Leader for tissue barrier research at the Institute for Molecular Pharmacology and is member of the direction board.
Research focus is on the elucidation of structure, function, and manipulation of cell-cell contacts to explore tight junctions (TJ) in barrier-forming cells under normal and pathological conditions to disclose neuropathophysiological mechanisms for better therapy. The interest includes strategies especially modulating cerebral barriers to improve drug delivery to the brain. As the barriers are determined by membrane proteins, strand-forming claudins, regulatory occludin-like proteins, and membrane-associated proteins such zonula occludens proteins are investigated on protein, cellular, and organismic level including patient material.