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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.

 

Education

  • 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

Grants

  • 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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