Current PhDs

As one of the leading institutes in the field of Human Movement Sciences, we conduct highly ambitious and innovative research projects. Our PhD students receive scientific and technical training from senior researchers, and are expected to become world leading scientists in their field. We see intensive guidance, and participation in a highly motivated multidisciplinary team as a key element to their success.
Parinaz Babaeeghazvini

Parinaz Babaeeghazvini

Parinaz investigates interhemispheric interactions during bimanual motor tasks, across different age groups. Her project is a collaborative effort with the KU Leuven and is part of the EU-funded MOVE-AGE program.

Annike Bekius

Annike Bekius

Annike studies the emergence of muscle synergies in children with cerebral palsy. Her research is part of the NWO-funded FirSteps project.

Daniëlle Bouman

Daniëlle Bouman

Daniëlle studies how static balance and the initiation of gait are influenced by affective states (emotion and arousal), induced by pictorial stimuli.  Her project is funded by an NWO Research Talent Grant.

Rok Cestnik

Rok Cestnik

Rok seeks to identify the phase dynamics of coupled complex oscillators. He targets pulse-coupling and pulse-type time series. Rok's project is part of the EU-funded COSMOS network. His primary host is the University of Potsdam.

Sabrina Chettouf

Sabrina Chettouf

Sabrina investigates the effect of aging on motor learning with a focus on its neuro-anatomical and -physiological underpinnings, using DTI and fMRI-EEG recordings. Her work is funded by a collaboration with Charité Berlin.

Bert Coolen

Bert Coolen

Bert studies visual computing in actor-environment interactions using augmented reality and markerless movement registration.

Nicolás Deschle

Nicolás Deschle

Nicolás studies the interaction between networks of complex oscillatory systems, with focus on the transfer of network topology. His project is part of the EU-funded COSMOS network with the University of Aberdeen as secondary host.

Daphne Geerse

Daphne Geerse

Daphne investigates the technological and clinical validity of the Interactive Walkway for assessing functional walking ability. Her work is part of the collaborative Technology in Motion project with LUMC and funded by NWO Exact Sciences.

Margit Hanssen

Margit Hanssen

Margit investigates the development of running in children with a focus on the EMG patterns (muscles synergies) and the kinematics patterns. Her aim is to provide a comprehensive quantification of the development of the running patterns in typically developing children during the emergence of this new gait.

Fang Jin

Fang Jin

Fang investigates cortical maps using TMS synchronized with EEG and multivariate EMG. Her research is a collaborative effort with the Department of Radiology at the VUmc Amsterdam and is funded by the China Scholarship Council.

Jian Jin

Jian Jin

Jian studies the stability of gait. In order to unravel at which phase of the gait cycle stability is jeopardized, he develops phase dependent stability measures using passive walker models.

Jennifer Kerkman

Jennifer Kerkman

Jennifer´s research is part of the NWO-funded FirSteps project. She investigates the emergence of muscle synergies in normally developing children and the formation of muscle networks.

Bastian Pietras

Bastian Pietras

Bastian investigates multifrequency interaction in complex oscillatory (neural) networks. His analytic focus is on stabilty properties of synchronization dyanmics. This project is embedded in the EU-funded COSMOS network with Lancaster University as secondary host.

Eero Satuvuori

Eero Satuvuori

Eero's research concentrates on synchronization properties of discrete events. He develops distance measures between spike sequences and applies them to the study of small-size neural circuits. Eero's primary host is the University of Florece and his project is embedded in the EU-funded COSMOS network.

Coen Zandvoort

Coen Zandvoort

Coen's research is part of the ERC Starting Grant-funded Learn2Walk project. He investigates the biomechanical and neural mechanisms underlying the emergence of walking in typically developing children.

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