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Advisory and Supervisory Responsibility

Post-doctoral Fellows

2008 - 2011 Davide Ruffoni, Ph.D., Computational mechanics of bone-implant failure
2010 - 2011 Thomas Mueller, Ph.D., Augmentation of bone and bone implants
2012 - 2013 Pinaki Bhattacharya, Ph.D., The role of tissue quality in bone mechanics
2012 - 2013 Jef Vanderoost, Ph.D., Bone microstructure in function of bone mechanical quality
2013 - 2014 Ali Vahdati, Ph.D., Patient-specific predictions for bone treatments

Doctoral theses

23/11/2007 Romain Voide, ETH Zurich, Functional phenomics of bone: high-throughput determination of bone strength and its application in locating strength-related genes (co-promotor).
21/12/2009 Thomas L. Mueller, ETH Zurich, Bioimaging and biomechanics of bone competence and implant stability (co-promotor).
10/03/2011 Andreas J. Wirth, ETH Zurich, Assessment of implant stability in low quality bone by micro-structural finite element analysis (co-promotor).
25/05/2011 Antonia Torcasio, KU Leuven, Quantification of bone and peri-implant bone strains using micro-finite element analysis (promotor).
05/06/2012 Samuel Basler, ETH Zurich, Towards a biomechanical understanding of implant stability using functional bioimaging and computational modeling (co-promotor).
07/06/2012 Jef Vanderoost, KU Leuven, Relating bone structure to competence: role of local trabecular properties (promotor).
19/09/2013 Leen Lenaerts, KU Leuven, Patient-specific image-based analysis of bone competence (promotor).
25/11/2015 Xiaolei Zhang, KU Leuven, Effect of high-frequency loading on peri-implant bone remodeling (co-promotor).
29/01/2016 Juri Steiner, ETH Zurich, Micro-FE based in silico model for fracture fixation in osteoporotic human bone (co-promotor).
03/06/2016 Thomas Quirynen, KU Leuven, The interprosthetic gap as a risk factor for interprosthetic fractures of the femur (promotor).
19/06/2017 Benjamin Dourthe, KU Leuven, Osteoarthritis of the thumb joint: occurrence mechanism and understanding via medical imaging and computer modeling techniques (co-promotor).
2017 Haniyeh Hemmatian, KU Leuven and VU Amsterdam (joint degree), Does the osteocyte lacuna affect bone adaptive response in aging? (promotor)
2017 Pim Pellikaan, KU Leuven, Patient-specific, image based biomechanical modeling for functional outcome prediction after orthopeadic interventions (co-promotor).
2018 Fereshteh Miramadi, KU Leuven and VU Amsterdam (joint degree), Biomechanical changes in articulation of the jaw joint due to aging (co-promotor)
2019 Karen Mys, KU Leuven, Local quantification of bone adaptation after surgical treatment (promotor). 
2012 Timo van Leeuwen, KU Leuven, Anatomical adaptions to conflicting functional demands in the primate thumb (co-promotor).
2021 Steffi Van Hees, KU Leuven, Mechanical and structural alterations after surgical treatment of osteoarthritis (promotor). 
2021 Ahilan Anantha Krishnan, KU Leuven, Mechanical and structural alterations after surgical treatment of osteoarthritis (promotor). 

Doctoral theses (external examiner, external advisor, member of committee)

14/04/2009 Dennis Janssen, UMC St Radboud, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Macro- and micro-mechanics of cemented total hip arthroplasty (member promotion committee).
30/11/2009 Filip Callewaert, KU Leuven, Sex steroid signaling in male mice: Relevance for skeletal sexual dimorphism, optimal bone mass acquisition and mechanical sensitivity of the skeleton (external advisor and member promotion committee).
11/12/2009 Peter Varga, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, Prediction of distal radius fracture load using HR-pQCT-based finite element analysis (external examiner).
16/12/2010 Joris Walraevens, KU Leuven, Biomechanical analysis of the total cervical disc prosthesis (external advisor and member promotion committee).
03/04/2012 Daan Waanders, RU Nijmegen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Micro and macro level damage mechanics of the cement-bone interface in total hip arthroplasty (member promotion committee).
24/05/2012 Hang Gao, KU Leuven, Imaging left ventricular flow patterns with ultrasound: 2D estimation by combing speckle tracking with Navier-Stokes based regularization  (external advisor and member promotion committee).
31/08/2012 Marlène Mengoni, U. de Liège, Liège, Belgium, On the development of an integrated bone remodeling law for orthodontic tooth movements models using the Finite Element Method (member promotion committee).
20/09/2012 Koen Peeters, KU Leuven, Kinematic modeling of ankle and foot bone motion for applications in orthopedics and gait analysis (member promotion committee).
01/10/2012 Cyril Flaig, ETH Zurich, A highly scalable memory efficient multigrid solver for m-finite element analyses (member promotion committee).
15/05/2013 Aida Monea, KU Leuven, Biomechanical characterization of bicycle accidents related head injuries (member promotion committee).
05/06/2013 Maarten Depypere, KU Leuven, MicroCT imaging of bone architecture and vasculature (external advisor and member promotion committee).
21/10/2013 Javad Hazrati Marangalou, TU Eindhoven, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Patient specific prediction of bone failure using microstructure-enhanced continuum finite element models (member promotion committee).
07/01/2014 Joyce Van den Broeck, KU Leuven, Patient-specific instrumentation in orthopaedic surgery. A computational model for design optimization (external advisor and member promotion committee).
31/01/2014 Kavin Karunratanakul, KU Leuven, Quantification of the mechanical environment for tissue engineering in load-bearing bone (external advisor and member promotion committee).
21/02/2014 Grzegorz Pyka, KU Leuven, Micro-CT based morphological and mechanical characterization of open porous metallic materials (external advisor and member promotion committee).
29/04/2014 Thomas Gross, TU Wien, Development and application of 3D CT image-based finite element models for human bones and orthopaedic implants (external examiner).
18/06/2014 Ekaterina Tankisheva, KU Leuven, Optimization of vibration training protocols for different populations (external advisor and member promotion committee).
18/09/2014 Ulrike Kettenberger, EPFL, Switzerland, Development of a bisphosphonate delivering hydrogel for the augmentation of impaired peri-implant bone (external examiner).
22/09/2014 Oksana Shishkina, KU Leuven, Experimental and modelling investigations of structure-property relations in nano-reinforced cellular materials (external advisor and member promotion committee).
12/11/2014 Ruben Wauthle, KU Leuven, Improved peri-prosthetic fixation of orthopaedic implants through innovative selective laser melting techniques (member promotion committee).
10/12/2014 Mieke Sinnesael, KU Leuven,The androgen receptor as a direct target in male musculoskeletal maintenance(member promotion committee).
30/01/2015 Tassos Natsakis, KU Leuven, In vitro analysis of dynamic foot biomechanics using a gait simulator and intra-articular pressure measurements (member promotion committee).
04/02/2015 Tim Willemen, KU Leuven, Biomechanics based analysis of sleep (member promotion committee).
22/07/2015 Tsiloon Li, U. Southampton, UK, Understanding skeletal development across the life course (external examiner).
19/11/2015 Loes Derickx, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Femoral fracture risk prediction in metastatic bone disease (member manuscript committee, member promotion committee).
13/01/2017 Joost de Jong, Maastricht University, A closer look at fracture healing. Fracture healing at the distal radius assessed using high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (member manuscript committee, member promotion committee).
12/05/2017 Marco Palanca, U. Bologna, Italy, In vitro full-field methods for the biomechanical characterization of spine segments (external examiner).
25/09/2017 Rémy Gauthier, U. Lyon, France, Crack propagation mechanisms in human cortical bone on different paired anatomical locations: biomechanical, tomographic and biochemical approaches (member promotion committee).
2017 Steven Leuridan, KU Leuven, The use of vibration analysis to measure the fixation of endosseous implants (external advisor).
2017 Peter Vanden Berghe, KU Leuven, Optimale implantaat-fixatie, geïntegreerd in een automatisch ontwerp van patiënt-specifieke implantaten voor reconstructie van acetabulaire defecten (external advisor).
2017 Faes Kerkhof, KU Leuven, Functional anatomy of the human thumb: an evolutionary perspective (external advisor).
2018 Christophe Van Dijck, KU Leuven, 4D statistische vormmodellen voor het voorspellen van beweging uit 3D statische beelden: proof of concept in de onderarm (external advisor).
2018 Wouter Van De Walle, KU Leuven, Prediction and optimization of thermal properties of porous materials based on pore structure (external advisor).
2018 Evelina Ametova, KU Leuven, Task-specific uncertainty determination for CT metrology (external advisor).
2018 Tiago de Melo Lopes Martinho Malaquias, KU Leuven, Analysis of foot-ankle biomechanics using image-based biomechanical models  (external advisor).
2019 Hannelore Boey, KU Leuven, Biomechanical evaluation of the ankle-foot function: in vitro and in vivo analysis (external advisor).
2019 Sanne Vancleef, KU Leuven, Biomechanical optimization of thin plate implants for bone reconstruction (external advisor).


Graduate theses, Master theses

1999 Ronald Ruimerman, Radboud University, Nijmegen, A regulatory model for control of bone homeostasis by mechanical factors.
1999 Marieke Willems, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Bone remodeling around stemmed femoral knee components.
2001 Joost de Hoogh, TU Eindhoven, Numerical modeling of scalp cooling to prevent hair loss induced by chemotherapy.
2004 Martin Renggli, ETH Zurich, Microstructural FE modeling of glass fiber composites.
2004 Silvio Hochreutener, ETH Zurich, Correction of metal-related artifacts in mCT images.
2006 Andreas J. Wirth, ETH Zurich, Finite element modeling of bone-implant systems as assessed from in vivo human high resolution CT.
2007 David Christen, ETH Zurich, Local strains registration of bone microstructure under load.
2008 Samuel Basler, ETH Zurich, Automation and validation of a biomechanical testing device for image-guided failure assessment of bone-implant systems.
2008 Wim Vereecken, KU Leuven, Mechanical competence of bone-implant structures - experimental validation of image-based finite element analyses (ETH Zurich).
2008 Tom Lauwaert, KU Leuven, The effect of soft tissue properties on deformation during axial loading experiments.
2009 Daniel García Garcerá, ETH Zurich, Combining local bone morphometry and micro-finite element (mFE) analysis to investigate localization phenomena in trabecular bone.
2009 Dorien Van Deun, KU Leuven, Experimental assessment of bone strength at the microscale.
2009 Emilie Sauwen, KU Leuven, Stress distribution in the femur: effect of gait pattern and muscle force distribution.
2010 Herlien Declerck, KU Leuven, Development of an automatic multiscale analysis tool for bones scanned with micro-CT (ETH Zurich).
2010 Stephanie Deprey, KU Leuven, Experimental quantification of peri-implant bone strains in rat tibia.
2010 Wim Govaerts, KU Leuven, The effects of partial volume elements in quantifying bone stiffness using the finite element method.
2010 Filip Jonkergouw, KU Leuven, Curvature of the femoral shaft and its effect on the alignment of knee prostheses.
2010 Omara Picazo, ETH Zurich, Optimization of implant design for image-guided failure assessment.
2010 Juri Steiner, ETH Zurich, The role of bone cement on the mechanical properties of trabecular bone and on augmentation of orthopaedic screws: A combined experimental-finite element study.
2011 Tom Meyns, KU Leuven, The effects of one year training on femoral bone strength.
2011 Jack Traxler, ETH Zurich, Dynamic image-guided failure assessment of bone-implant systems.
2011 Sami Abdel Jaber, ETH Zurich, Non-linear finite element analysis of the bone-implant interface.
2012 Remo Affentranger, ETH Zurich, Development of an experimental setup for imaging and testing fracture fixation screws in human trabecular bone.
2012 Thomas Vendrig, KU Leuven, Effect of overstuffing and understuffing in unicompartmental knee arthroplasty.
2013 Duncan Betts, ETH Zurich, Numerical evaluation of the bone-implant interface (KU Leuven).
2013 An-Katrien Braeken, KU Leuven, Mechanical assessment of bone microscale properties.
2013 Shibin Cheng, KU Leuven, Optical measurement of bone deformation during loading and failure.
2013 Benoît Renard, U. Liège, Investigation of anisotropy in tissue-scale mechanicsl properties in human femurs (KU Leuven).
2014 Itziar Calleja, KU Leuven, A model for bone fixation.
2014 Janine Jud, ETH Zurich, Towards in vivo quantification of the mechanical competence of tissue-engineered bone (KU Leuven).
2014 Kristof Godelaine, KU Leuven, Evaluation of cellular accommodation for bone density modelling simulations.
2014 Katrien Plessers, KU Leuven, Design of porous scaffold for patient-specific implants.
2015 Liesbeth Vancoillie, KU Leuven, Development of a finite element model for the evaluation of the mechanical loading in the wrist.
2015 An Van den Bulck, KU Leuven, Biomechanical evaluation of patient specific implants in corrective osteotomy of the distal radius: a finite element analysis.
2016 Omar El Mahraoui (KU Leuven), Validating cone-beam computed tomography for automatic bone quality classification and finite element modeling (promotors: R. Jacobs and H. van Lenthe).
2016 Georgios Papantonakis (KU Leuven), Unravelling the mechanical properties of the diabetic skeleton: a combined imaging and modeling approach (promotors: H. van Lenthe, K. vandamme, G. Kerckhofs).
2016 Joke Sergeant (KU Leuven), Strain analysis of small bones: a validation of digital imaging correlation.
2016 Ben Vanthienen (KU Leuven), An ex vivo method for quantifying tibial strain during dynamic squat motion (promotors: H. van Lenthe and L. Scheys).
2017 Marie Grimmelprez, KU Leuven, Computational study of clavicle fracture fixation: comparison between a commercial and patient specific plate for transverse and spiral midshaft fractures (promotors: J. Vander Sloten and H. van Lenthe).
2017 Stijn Huys, KU Leuven, Design and development of a mock-up of a porcine knee joint: the menisci and the articular cartilage (promotors: L. Labey and H. van Lenthe).
2017 Alexander Meynen, KU Leuven, Analyzing thevalidity of a skull fractire energy criterion through subject-specific finite element modeling of head impacts (promotors: J. Vander Sloten, H. van Lenthe, N. Famaey).
2017 Amelie Sas, KU Leuven, Effect of anatomical variation of the proximal femur on stress shielding induced by a calcar guided short stem: an automated finite element analysis study.
2017 Steffi Van Hees, KU Leuven, Comparison of the radiocarpal joint loads before and after proximal row carpectomy (promotors: H van Lenthe and F. Stockmans).


Semester theses, Undergraduate theses, Bachelor theses

2005 Philip Dawsey, Semester project,  ETH Zurich, Effect of injection pressure in LCM processes on composite structure.
2005 Basem Dokhan, Semester project,  ETH Zurich, Fast and accurate prediction of microstructural bone failure.
2005 Joel Stampfli, Semester project, ETH Zurich, Analysis of air entrapped in composite materials.
2006 Martin Walti, Bachelor thesis, ETH Zurich, Validation of a biomechanical testing device for image-guided failure assessment of bone-implant systems.
2007 Raymond Ochsenbein, Semester project, ETH Zurich, Finite element modeling of bone-implant systems.
2007 Patrick Bönzli, Semester project, ETH Zurich, Improvement of the visualization of large scale finite element analysis results.
2008 Andres Montero Ortiz, Semester project,  ETH Zurich, Automated generation of physiological load cases for high-resolution computed tomography based finite element models of the distal radius.
2009 Jeremy Wernli, Semester project, ETH Zurich, Processing and analysis of force, torque and displacement data from image-guided failure assessment of bone-implant systems.
2009 Vasudha Gudipati, Semester Project, ETH Zurich, Development and validation of a sample embedding procedure for image-guided failure assessment of bone-implant systems.
2009 Ewout Lagerweij, KU Leuven and Twente University, Does the loading of the proximal femur change after placement of a total hip prosthesis?
2010 Omiros Exarchos, Semester Project, ETH Zurich, Experimental quantification of implant failure loads in bones with varying quality
2010 Juri Steiner, Practical project ETH Zurich, Quantifying the contribution of cortical and trabecular bone for implant anchorage in osteoporotic bone
2010 Michael Luternauer, Hochschule für Technik Zurich, Biomechanical testing of polymer and metal screw implants (ETH Zurich)
2011 Christoph Wenger, Practical project ETH Zurich, Imaging and biomechanics of bone-implant-cement constructs.
2011 Alberto Santoro, Practical project ETH Zurich, Image guided failure assessment of augmented implants.
2011 Tommy Heck, ETH Zurich, A new method for the modeling of bone-implant interface failure based on micro-finite element analysis.
2012 Jessica Crabb, ETH Zurich, How does the loading direction influence primary implant stability of orthopedic screws in trabecular bone?
2013 Florian Bollinger, ETH Zurich,  Development of an optoelectric marker setup for tracking positions and displacements of fracture fixation devices relative to the fixed bone.
2014 Seline Staub, ETH Zurich, Micromechanical analysis of trabecular bone samples using unsegmented data (KU Leuven).
2016 Urs Hofmann, ETH Zurich, Towards a patient-specific in silico model to quantify primary implant stability in human osteoporotic bone (thesis advisor)

Research assistants

2004 Mazda Farshad, ETH Zurich, Structural analyses of murine vertebral bones (3 months).
2005 - 2006 Philip Morley, U. British Columbia, Computational analysis of murine vertebral bone strength (1 year, ETH Zurich).
2006 Uche Mennel, ETH Zurich, Implementation of a multi-level PCG algorithm for the mFE analysis of bone structures (3 months).
2008 - 2009 Wenwang Wu, KU Leuven, Design of a device for determining mechanical properties of small bone specimens (1 year).
2010 Annette Sitzer, University Lübeck and University of Applied Sciences Lübeck, Sample mounting setup for dynamic image-guided failure assessment of bone-implant systems (2 months, ETH Zurich).
2010 Marlene Mengoni, U.Liege, Yield and post-yield behavior of trabecular bone analogues (2 months, ETH Zurich).
2010 Wim Govaerts, KU Leuven, Quantifying bone structure-function relationships using a microstructural model of trabecular bone (1 month).
2009-2011 Joke Hendrikx, KU Leuven, Structural and mechanical characterisation of bone tissue.
2008-2012 Ingrid Knippels, KU Leuven, Bone remodeling in the human forearm.
2014-2015 Karen Mys, KU Leuven, Local quantification of bone adaptation following surgical treatment.
2015 Orcun Taylan, KU Leuven, Quantification of bone microstructure at the knee.

Research visitors

2014-2015 Wenlei Pan, (Harbin Institute of Technology) How ultrasound backscattering can quantify bone microstructure and bone mechanical quality: optimizing ultrasound parameters through micro-CT-based finite element analysis (scholarship from the China Scholarship Council, CSC, 12 months)