Jurriaan H. de Groot received his M.Sc. degree (1988) in Biology from the Wageningen University and his Ph.D. degree (1997) in Biomechanical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology where he defended his thesis ‘The Shoulder, A kinematic and dynamic analysis of motion and loading’. He was a post-doc researcher associated to the dept. of Biology at the Leiden University involved in kinematics and biomechanics of reptile tongues, e.g. snake tongue flicking and chameleon tongue projection.
In 2001 he became senior researcher at the dept. for Rehabilitation Medicine at the Leiden University Medical Center where he heads the Laboratory for Kinematics and Neuromechanics. Since 2008 he hold a position as an Assistant Professor. His research focus is on the biomechanics of the shoulder (massive rotator cuff tears and sub-acromial pain syndrome), and the contribution of neural and non-neural contractile and connective tissue factors in patients with spasticity after Stroke, CP and Spinal Cord Injury.
He is/was principal co-investigator on different Reumafonds, ZonMW and STW funded projects and published over 60 papers in peer reviewed journals.