"A cooperative, ambitious, and versatile research group that never loses sight of its main goal: providing new means of communication to the patients that need it most."
It's my second family
"Not only my work, knowledge and opinion are appreciated by my colleagues, but I can also turn to them when I need the most."
Diverse, Fun, Engaging
"A group of amazing people doing amazing research. "

"The BCI lab consists of talented, enthusiastic, hard working neuroscientists."

Principal investigator

Utrecht-BCI lab is a multidisciplinary group of scientists that study human brain function. The central motive of the lab is to elucidate the neuronal mechanisms underlying human brain function in health, in order to help patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders, with a focus on neurotechnologies, such as Brain-Computer Interfaces. We research on many topics from hand & speech sensorimotor function, to language, vision and working memory processes.

A list of our publications can be found here.


Faculty & Postdocs

Mariska Vansteensel

Assistant Professor

Erik Aarnoutse

Assistant Professor

Zachary Freudenburg

Senior Researcher

Mathijs Raemaekers

Senior Researcher

Mariana Branco

Assistant Professor

Annike Bekius



Research assistants

Malinda Verberne

Research Assistant / Flow manager


Staff & Support

Vincent Kersten

System Administrator

Sifra Blok

Project Manager

Erdi Erdal

Research Progammer



Frans Leijten, UMC Utrecht Brain Center, Department of Neurology, Utrecht

Natalia Petridou, UMC Utrecht Center for Image Sciences, Utrecht

Wouter SchellekensUMC Utrecht Center for Image Sciences, Utrecht

Frans van der Helm, TU Delft, Delft

Maxime Verwoert, Maastricht University, Maastricht


Nathan Crone, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Dora HermesMayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Kai Miller, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Max van den Boom, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Anna Gaglianese, University Hospital Center and University of Lausanne, Switzerland



Ibrahim Kiremitci – Postdoc

Sacha Leinders – PhD candidate

Angela van Rossum-Francovich – Administrative Assistant

Francisco Fernandes – Junior Researcher

Anouk Smits – PhD candidate

Jinne Geelen – PhD candidate

Annemiek Elberste – Administrative Assistant

Meron Vermaas – PhD candidate

Mieke de Dreu – PhD candidate

Irena Schouwenaars – PhD candidate

Giovanni Piantoni – Postdoc

Max van den Boom – PhD candidate

Maxime Verwoert – Flow manager

Julia Berezutskaya –  PhD candidate

Philippe Cornelisse – Flow manager

Efraïm Salari – PhD candidate

Elmar G M Pels – Flow manager and PhD candidate

Lisette Charbonnier – Postdoc

Mark L C M Bruurmijn – PhD candidate

Anna Gaglianese – Postdoc

Floor Buma – PhD candidate

Wouter Schellekens – PhD candidate


Martin Bleichner – PhD candidate

Bart Ferguson – Flow manager

Niek van der Aa – PhD candidate

Jeroen Siero – PhD candidate

Gert Kirsto – PhD candidate

Patrik Andersson – PhD candidate

Tom Snijders – PhD candidate

Peter Bos – PhD candidate

Dora Hermes – PhD candidate

Mathijs Bossong – PhD candidate

Erika van Hell – PhD candidate

Tamar van Raalten – PhD candidate

Theo van Erp – PhD candidate