Justyna Niestrawska

Justyna Niestrawska



  • 1/14 - 3/18:
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • 4/12 - 12/13:
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • 10/08 - 3/12:
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professional Appointments

  • 1/14 - 3/18:
Doctoral Student, Institute of Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology

Research Experience

  • 3/13 - 12/13:
Master Thesis: „A Structure-Based Analysis of Cardiac Remodelling – A Constitutive Modelling Approach“, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1/12 - 3/12:
Bachelor Thesis: „Thermoforming of Polyurethane Heart Valve Leaflets“, Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Department of Cardiovascular Engineering, Chair of Applied Medical Engineering
  • 4/11 - 9/11:
Project Thesis: „Mechanical Design of a Magnetically Coupled Oscillator for Scanning Prepared Teeth Using Ultrasound“, Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Medical Engineering

Awards and Honors

  • 2017: Aortic Award 2017 from the German Society for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine
  • 2017: ESB Travel Award (European Society of Biomechanics)
  • 2013: Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service for studying abroad in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2012: Scholarship of the Hans Hermann Voss-Stiftung


G. Sommer, Ch. Benedikt, J.A. Niestrawska, G. Hohenberger, Ch. Viertler, P. Regitnig, T.U. Cohnert and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Mechanical response of human subclavian and iliac arteries to extension, inflation and torsion.
Acta Biomaterialia, in press.

J.A. Niestrawska, D. Haspinger and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

The influence of fiber dispersion on the mechanical response of aortic tissues in health and disease: A computational study.
Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 21:99-112, 2018.

J.A. Niestrawska, C. Viertler, P. Regitnig, T.U. Cohnert, G. Sommer and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Microstructure and mechanics of healthy and aneurysmatic abdominal aortas: experimental analysis and modeling.
Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 13:20160620, 2016.

R. Gehwolf, A. Wagner, C. Lehner, A. Bradshaw, C. Scharler, J.A. Niestrawska, G.A. Holzapfel, H.-C. Bauer, H. Tempfer and A. Traweger [pdf]

Pleiotropic roles of the matricellular protein Sparc in tendon maturation and ageing.
Scientific Reports, 6:32635, 2016.

V. Wang, J. Niestrawska, A. Wilson, G. Sands, A. Young, I. LeGrice and M. Nash [pdf]

Image-driven constitutive modelling of myocardial fibrosis.
International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics, 17:211-221, 2016.

G.A. Holzapfel, J.A. Niestrawska, R.W. Ogden, A.J. Reinisch and A.J. Schriefl [pdf]

Modelling non-symmetric collagen fibre dispersion in arterial walls.
Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 12:20150188, 2015.

Biographical Sketch

Justyna Niestrawska was born in Raciborz, Poland in 1988 and moved to Germany in 1990. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University. During her studies she worked as a student assistant at the Chair of Medical Engineering and at the Department of Cardiovascular Engineering, Institute of Applied Medical Engineering. Justyna spent the last year of her studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she was introduced to soft tissue mechanics; there she also worked on her Master Thesis. The Thesis dealt with the development of a structure-based constitutive modeling framework for heart failure mechanics.

After completing her Master’s Justyna started her PhD in Biomechanics in January 2014 at the Institute of Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology, Austria, under the direction of Prof. Gerhard A. Holzapfel.