Astrid Horstman, Postdoc

Department of Movement Sciences
Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences
Maastricht University
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands

Telephone: +31 43 3881394
Fax:           +31 43 3670976
Mobile:       -

Key words: sarcopenia, cachexia, disuse, exercise, muscle metabolism
Hobbies: hardlopen, toersnowboarden, mountainbiking, mountains in general, reading



1998–2002 BEd Physical Education at Fontys Sporthogeschool, Tilburg, the Netherlands
2003–2006 MSc Human movement sciences at VU University Amsterdam
2006-2010  Lecturer, Amstel Academy Amsterdam, the Netherlands 
2006-2010  PhD, Faculty of human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Title thesis: ‘Functional muscle characteristics after stroke and unloading’. 
2011-2012  Postdoctoral fellow, Internal medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), USA 
2013  Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Centre, Cologne, Germany 
2013-present Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Human Movement Sciences, NUTRIM, Maastricht University

Career description

After her bachelor Physical Education, Astrid obtained her master degree at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences of the VU University and worked as a research assistant on muscle function research. Her internships were on the relationship between muscle force, activation and speed of the thigh muscles and functional performance after stroke and on fatigue of the m. triceps surae at different ankle-angles. She also obtained a degree as a lecturer.  Subsequently, Astrid’s PhD-project was supervised by prof. Arnold de Haan and prof. Dick Stegeman and existed of three studies: second Berlin bed rest study (Benjamin Franklin Charité, Berlin, Germany), unilateral lower limb suspension project in cooperation with Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and UMC St Radboud Nijmegen and a longitudinal study on muscle characteristics in patients with stroke at rehabilitation centre Reade, Amsterdam. Following the completion of her PhD thesis she moved to Galveston, TX, USA to take up a post-doctoral researcher position in prof. Melinda Sheffield-Moore’s group at the University of Texas Medical Branch to work on (clinical) trials on fatigue and muscle metabolism in patients with cancer and healthy elderly. Her second post doc position was on muscle physiology and unloading at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. As of November 2013 Astrid works at the M3 Research unit under the direction of prof. Luc van Loon.