Koolstra, J.H.

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acta ( mondgezondh )
Associate Professor (Functional Anatomy)


  • Biomechanics
  • Anatomy
  • Mathematical modeling

Professional interests

  • Biomechanics of the human masticatory system
  • Jaw joint
  • Functional anatomy of the head-neck region

Professional employment history

2004-presentAssociate professor – Functional Anatomy ACTA
1989-2004Assistant professor – Functional Anatomy ACTA
1988-1989Assistant researcher – Functional Anatomy ACTA
1985-1988PhD student – Functional Anatomy ACTA
1990 PhD thesis - University of Amsterdam
1985MSc Electrical Engineering - Technical University Twente

Selected scientific publications

Koolstra J.H., van Eijden T.M.G.J., Weijs W.A. and Naeije M.
A three-dimensional mathematical model of the human masticatory system predicting maximum possible bite forces. Journal of Biomechanics 21:563-576.
Koolstra J.H. and van Eijden T.M.G.J. (1999)
Three-dimensional dynamical capabilities of the human masticatory muscles. Journal of Biomechanics 32:145-152.
Koolstra J.H. (2002)
Dynamics of the human masticatory system. Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine 13:368-380.
Koolstra J.H. and van Eijden T.M.G.J. (2005)
Combined finite-element and rigid-body analysis of human jaw joint dynamics. Journal of Biomechanics 38:2431-2439.
Koolstra J.H. and Tanaka E. (2009)
Tensile stress patterns predicted in the articular disc of the human temporomandibular joint. Journal of Anatomy 215: 411-416.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS (from 1999 until now)