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Current position

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Department of Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Main research interests: Advanced Statistical Analysis of Motor Patterns and Kinematics in children and adult humans and in animals, including Factor and Principal Component Analysis; Neural Control of Human Locomotion; Human Motor Pattern Development; Proprioceptive Control of Human Locomotion and Gravitational Physiology, Experimental Neurorehabilitation of rats; Motor Control, Biomechanics.



  • 2003–2006: Ph.D. in Neuroscience University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy Advisors: Dr. Y. Ivanenko, Prof. F. Lacquaniti
  • 2001: ”Diploma di Laurea” in Physics University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy Advisor: Prof. M. Bonori


  • 2016 ERC Starting Grant: Learn2Walk. Brain meets spine: the neural origin of toddlers' first steps
  • 2015 NWO Aspasia Grant (liked to the NWO Vidi Grant)
  • 2015 NWO Vidi Grant: FirSteps: the emergence of walking in children

Prizes and Awards

  • 2013: Suzanne Klein-Vogelbach -Prize for the Research of Human Movement (Dominici et al. Science 2011)
  • 2013: IgNobel Prize in Physics ”or discovering that some people would be physically capable of running across the surface of a pond? if those people and that pond were on the moon”. (Minetti et al. PLoS One 2012)
  • 2007: Travel Fellowship for 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM), Sevilla, Spain.

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Research Output 2004 2016

Engagement of the Rat Hindlimb Motor Cortex across Natural Locomotor Behaviors

DiGiovanna, J., Dominici, N., Friedli, L., Rigosa, J., Duis, S., Kreider, J., Beauparlant, J., van den Brand, R., Schieppati, M., Micera, S. & Courtine, G., 2016, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 36, 40, p. 10440-10455

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Spatiotemporal neuromodulation therapies engaging muscle synergies improve motor control after spinal cord injury

Wenger, N. , Moraud, E. M. , Gandar, J. , Musienko, P. , Capogrosso, M. , Baud, L. , Le Goff, C. G. , Barraud, Q. , Pavlova, N. , Dominici, N. , Minev, I. R. , Asboth, L. , Hirsch, A. , Duis, S. , Kreider, J. , Mortera, A. , Haverbeck, O. , Kraus, S. , Schmitz, F. , DiGiovanna, J. & 7 others van den Brand, R., Bloch, J., Detemple, P., Lacour, S. P., Bézard, E., Micera, S. & Courtine, G., 2016, In : Nature Medicine. 22, 2, p. 138-145

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The effect of EMG processing choices on muscle synergies before and after BoNT-A treatment in cerebral palsy

van der Krogt, M. M., Oudenhoven, L., Buizer, A. I., Dallmeijer, A., Dominici, N. & Harlaar, J., 2016, p. 31 1 p.

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Cerebral Palsy

Decoding bipedal locomotion from the rat sensorimotor cortex

Rigosa, J., Panarese, A., Dominici, N., Friedli, L., van den Brand, R., Carpaneto, J., DiGiovanna, J., Courtine, G. & Micera, S., 2015, In : Journal of Neural Engineering. 12, 5

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Editorial: Neuro-motor control and feed-forward models of locomotion in humans

Iosa, M., Gizzi, L., Tamburella, F. & Dominici, N., 2015, In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 9, 306

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

FirSTeps – the emergence of walking in children

Dominici, N. (Keynote speaker)
4 Jul 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


ERC Starting Grant

N. Dominici (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic



N. Dominici (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic


NWO Apsasia

N. Dominici (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Susanne Klein-Vogelbach-Prize for the Research of Human Movement

N. Dominici (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Vidi Grant

N. Dominici (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic