V. (Vahid) Arbabi

Assistant Professor
V. (Vahid) Arbabi
  • Department of Orthopaedics

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Dr. Vahid Arbabi is an Assistant Professor in the field of Orthopaedic-BioMechanics at the Department of Orthopedics of University Medical Center Utrecht. Vahid obtained his PhD degree from the department of BioMechanical Engineering of TU Delft. He was awarded the runner-up prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis Award in Biomechanics by the European Society of Biomechanics. The topic of the thesis was estimation of the mechanical and physical properties of articular cartilage, which are crucial in proper understanding of the commencement and progression of osteoarthritis. He developed advanced computational models and applied them to indentation and diffusion tests based on micro-computed tomography to determine the Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio, permeability, solute diffusivity, and fixed charge density of articular cartilage. An alternative approach was introduced based on combined artificial neural networks and finite element models to enable experimentalists using advanced computational models for interpretation of experimental data with regard to diffusion in soft tissues.
As an assistant professor, he is involved in several projects at a European scale such as the APPROACH consortium or an international scale such as the World Coach Consortium and the TOFA-Predict project.


Fellowship and Awards

  • Runner-up prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis Award in Biomechanics by the European Society of Biomechanics

Research Output (14)


Van Erp J. H.J., Gielis W. P., Arbabi V., De Gast A., Weinans H., Arbabi S., Öner F. C., Castelein R. M., Schlösser T. P.C. sep 2020, In: Bone and Joint Journal. 102 , p. 1261-1267 7 p.

Predicting the mechanical hip–knee–ankle angle accurately from standard knee radiographs:a cross-validation experiment in 100 patients

Gielis Willem Paul, Rayegan Hassan, Arbabi Vahid, Ahmadi Brooghani Seyed Y., Lindner Claudia, Cootes Tim F., de Jong Pim A., Weinans H., Custers Roel J.H. 2020, In: Acta Orthopaedica. 91 , p. 732-737 6 p.

Three-dimensional analysis of shape variations and symmetry of the fibula, tibia, calcaneus and talus

Tümer Nazlı, Arbabi Vahid, Gielis Willem Paul, de Jong Pim A., Weinans Harrie, Tuijthof Gabrielle J.M., Zadpoor Amir A. 1 jan 2019, In: Journal of Anatomy. 234 , p. 132-144 13 p.

Aging does not change the compressive stiffness of mandibular condylar cartilage in horses

Mirahmadi F., Koolstra J. H., Fazaeli S., Lobbezoo F., van Lenthe G. H., Snabel J., Stoop R., Arbabi V., Weinans H., Everts V. dec 2018, In: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 26 , p. 1744-1752

Multi-scale imaging techniques to investigate solute transport across articular cartilage

Pouran Behdad, Arbabi Vahid, Bajpayee Ambika G., van Tiel Jasper, Töyräs Juha, Jurvelin Jukka S., Malda Jos, Zadpoor Amir A., Weinans Harrie 10 sep 2018, In: Journal of Biomechanics. 78 , p. 10-20 11 p.

An experimental and finite element protocol to investigate the transport of neutral and charged solutes across articular cartilage

Arbabi Vahid, Pouran Behdad, Zadpoor Amir A., Weinans Harrie 23 apr 2017, In: Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2017

Solute transport at the interface of cartilage and subchondral bone plate:Effect of micro-architecture

Pouran Behdad, Arbabi Vahid, Bleys Ronald L A W, René van Weeren P., Zadpoor Amir A., Weinans Harrie 8 feb 2017, In: Journal of Biomechanics. 52 , p. 148-154

Neutral solute transport across osteochondral interface:A finite element approach

Arbabi Vahid, Pouran Behdad, Weinans Harrie, Zadpoor Amir A. 8 dec 2016, In: Journal of Biomechanics. 49 , p. 3833-3839 7 p.

Isolated effects of external bath osmolality, solute concentration, and electrical charge on solute transport across articular cartilage

Pouran Behdad, Arbabi Vahid, Zadpoor Amir A., Weinans Harrie 1 dec 2016, In: Medical Engineering & Physics. 38 , p. 1399-1407 9 p.

Application of multiphysics models to efficient design of experiments of solute transport across articular cartilage

Pouran Behdad , Arbabi Vahid, Weinans Harrie, Zadpoor Amir A nov 2016, In: Computers in Biology and Medicine. 78 , p. 91-96 6 p.

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