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Dr Bart Bolsterlee

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Biography

Dr Bart Bolsterlee is a mechanical engineer (BSc) and biomedical engineer (MSc, PhD) who studies the generation of force and movement in humans. His specialty is the use of imaging technologies such as MRI and ultrasound to study human movement biomechanics. In 2014 he completed his PhD in biomechanical modelling of the human upper limb at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). His current work at NeuRA focuses on the use of...view more

Dr Bart Bolsterlee is a mechanical engineer (BSc) and biomedical engineer (MSc, PhD) who studies the generation of force and movement in humans. His specialty is the use of imaging technologies such as MRI and ultrasound to study human movement biomechanics. In 2014 he completed his PhD in biomechanical modelling of the human upper limb at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). His current work at NeuRA focuses on the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI; an MRI technique) to measure muscle structure. He has recently developed novel algorithms to obtain quantitative measurements of muscle architecture by combining information from anatomical MRI and DTI scans. He applies these techniques to study mechanisms of muscle contracture (stiffening of muscles) in patients with stroke and cerebral palsy. He also performs studies in basic muscle physiology and biomechanics to elucidate the mechanical role of active and passive structures in muscles, and to study how muscles change shape following exercise.

Dr Bart Bolsterlee’s work has been published in high-quality journals such as Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Applied Physiology and PlosONE. He is the secretary/treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics.


My Grants

ARC Discovery Project 2020-2023
How do mechanics, neural drive and muscle architecture interact in muscles?

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant 2019-2023
Muscle growth and muscle contracture in cerebral palsy

Project Grant Lincoln Foundation for Bone and Joint Research 2017
Project title: “A quantitative atlas of three-dimensional architecture of human forearm and hand muscles in vivo”

 


My Qualifications

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, "Subject-specific upper extremity modelling" (2014)

MSc Biomedical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (2010)

BSc Mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (2006)


My Awards

  • Endeavour Research Leadership Award 2019 to visit Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Australian New Zealand Society of Biomechanics Publication of the Year Award 2017
  • Australian New Zealand Society of Biomechanics Travel Award 2018 for Early Career Researchers to attend the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland
  • Paxinos Prize 2016 for best publication by a NeuRA post-doctoral researcher
  • Australian New Zealand Society of Biomechanics Travel Award 2016 for Early Career Researchers to attend the 10th Australasian Biomechanics Conference in Melbourne, Australia
  • Australian New Zealand Society of Biomechanics Travel Award 2015 for Early Career Researchers to attend the International Society of Biomechanics Conference in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Best Student Presentation Award 2012 at 9th Conference of the International Shoulder Group, Aberystwyth, Wales

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Students interested in biomechanics, with a focus in image-based muscle mechanics, are encouraged to contact me to ask for available projects.


Currently supervising

Brian Chow (Scientia PhD Candidate)
Jiayi Zhu (PhD Candidate)

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Location

Neuroscience Research Australia

Contact

02 9399 1832

Publications

by Dr Bart Bolsterlee