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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 2019

The human sensorimotor cortex fosters muscle synergies through cortico-synergy coherence

Zandvoort, C. S., van Dieën, J. H., Dominici, N. & Daffertshofer, A., 21 May 2019, In : NeuroImage. 199, p. 30-37 8 p.

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Motor Cortex
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Muscle synergies during walking in very young children with cerebral palsy

Bekius, A., Kerkman, J. N., Zandvoort, C. S., Daffertshofer, A., Harlaar, J., Buizer, A. I. & Dominici, N., May 2018, p. 10.

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstractAcademic

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 othersvan 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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Open Access
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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.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePosterOther research output

Cerebral Palsy

Activities 2016 2018

  • 3 Lecture / Presentation

Modular control of human locomotion

Nadia Dominici (Speaker)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Humans Running in Place on Water at Simulated Reduced Gravity

Nadia Dominici (Speaker)
27 Mar 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

FirSTeps – the emergence of walking in children

N. Dominici (Keynote speaker)
4 Jul 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


ERC Starting Grant

N. Dominici (Recipient), 2016




N. Dominici (Recipient), 2013



NWO Aspasia

N. Dominici (Recipient), 2016


Vidi Grant

N. Dominici (Recipient), 2014