Short CV/Education and training

Current position

  • Since 2016
    Associate Professor – Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Previous positions

  • 2015 – 2016
    Assistant Professor – Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam

  • 2014 – 2015
    Senior Research Fellow (faculty) – Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam

  • 2012 – 2013
    Postdoctoral Fellow – Center for Neuroprosthetics and Brain Mind Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 2010 – 2012
    Postdoctoral Fellow – Experimental Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2008 – 2009
    Postdoctoral Fellow – Center of Space Biomedicine, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy

  • 2007 – 2008
    Postdoctoral Fellow – Department of Neuromotor Physiology, IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy

  • 2002 – 2003
    Research Associate – Department of Neuromotor Physiology, IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation


  • 2001
    Diploma in Physics, 25 Oct 2001, Physics Department, University of Rome ”La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

  • 2007
    PhD in Neuroscience, Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy. “Neurophysiology of locomotor development in children”, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Francesco Lacquaniti

Selected publications

  • DiGiovanna J, Dominici N, Friedli L, Rigosa J, Duis S, Kreider J, Beauparlant J, van den Brand R, Schieppati M, Micera S, Courtine G."Engagement of the Rat Hindlimb Motor Cortex across Natural Locomotor Behaviors." J Neurosci. 2016 Oct 5;36(40):10440-10455.

  • Friedli L, Rosenzweig ES, Barraud Q, Schubert M, Dominici N, Awai L, Nielson JL, Musienko P, Nout-Lomas Y, Zhong H, Zdunowski S, Roy RR, Strand SC, van den Brand R, Havton LA, Beattie MS, Bresnahan JC, Bézard E, Bloch J, Edgerton VR, Ferguson AR, Curt A, Tuszynski MH, Courtine G. "Pronounced species divergence in corticospinal tract reorganization and functional recovery after lateralized spinal cord injury favors primates." Sci Transl Med. 2015 Aug 26;7(302):302ra134.

  • Iosa M, Gizzi L, Tamburella F, Dominici N. "Editorial: Neuro-motor control and feed-forward models of locomotion in humans." Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 Jun 2;9:306.

  • Wenger N, Moraud EM, Gandar J, Musienko P, Capogrosso M, Baud L, Le Goff CG, Barraud Q, Pavlova N, Dominici N, Minev IR, Asboth L, Hirsch A, Duis S, Kreider J, Mortera A, Haverbeck O, Kraus S, Schmitz F, DiGiovanna J, van den Brand R, Bloch J, Detemple P, Lacour SP, Bézard E, Micera S, Courtine G. "Spatiotemporal neuromodulation therapies engaging muscle synergies improve motor control after spinal cord injury." Nat Med. 2016 Feb;22(2):138-45.

  • Dominici N, Keller U, Vallery H, Friedli L, van den Brand R, Starkey ML, Musienko P, Riener R, Courtine G. "Versatile robotic interface to evaluate, enable and train locomotion and balance after neuromotor disorders." Nat Med. 2012 Jul;18(7):1142-7.

  • Ivanenko YP, Dominici N, Cappellini G, Di Paolo A, Giannini C, Poppele RE, Lacquaniti F. "Changes in the spinal segmental motor output for stepping during development from infant to adult." J Neurosci. 2013 Feb 13;33(7):3025-36a.

  • van den Brand R, Heutschi J, Barraud Q, DiGiovanna J, Bartholdi K, Huerlimann M, Friedli L, Vollenweider I, Moraud EM, Duis S, Dominici N, Micera S, Musienko P, Courtine G. "Restoring voluntary control of locomotion after paralyzing spinal cord injury." Science. 2012 Jun 1;336(6085):1182-5.

  • Minetti AE, Ivanenko YP, Cappellini G, Dominici N, Lacquaniti F. "Humans running in place on water at simulated reduced gravity." PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e37300.

  • Dominici N, Ivanenko YP, Cappellini G, d'Avella A, Mondì V, Cicchese M, Fabiano A, Silei T, Di Paolo A, Giannini C, Poppele RE, Lacquaniti F. "Locomotor primitives in newborn babies and their development." Science. 2011 Nov 18;334(6058):997-9.

Complete list of publications

Media coverage

  • Netflix Documentary "Babies' Part 1, Episode 6, 'First Steps'

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Two children


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