UMC Utrecht Brain Center
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
University Medical Center Utrecht
Str 4.123
PO Box 85060, 3508 AB Utrecht
The Netherlands

Contact Information

Email: m.pedrosobranco @

Research Interests

  • Brain-Computer Interface
  • ECoG
  • Electrode localization tools
  • Finger movements
  • Neuroimaging
  • Pediatric ECoG
  • Sensorimotor integration

Mariana Branco





Mariana Branco has a BSs and the MSc degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, and a PhD in Brain Computer Interfaces from the Utrecht University Medical Center. Her focus is on decoding hand movements from the sensorimotor cortex and understanding how the sensorimotor cortex controls human movement using ECoG signals.

She currently contributes to the NeuroCIMT and Utrecht NeuroProsthesis projects by developing methods and tools to boost the development of multi-dimensional & high-resolution fully implanted BCIs. These tools can be found on the RIBS GitHub page.

Key Publications

  • 2019
    Encoding of kinetic and kinematic movement parameters in the sensorimotor cortex: A Brain‐Computer Interface perspective
    Eur. Journal of Neuroscience, 2019:1–18
  • 2018
    ALICE: A tool for automatic localization of intra-cranial electrodes for clinical and high-density grids
    Journal Neuroscience Methods, 301:43-51
  • 2019
    High-frequency band temporal dynamics in response to a grasp force task
    Journal of Neural Engineering (online)
  • 2018
    GridLoc: An automatic and unsupervised localization method for high-density ECoG grids
    NeuroImage, 179:225-234
  • 2017
    Decoding hand gestures from primary somatosensory cortex using high-density ECoG
    NeuroImage, 147:130-142
  • 2016
    Fully Implanted Brain–Computer Interface in a Locked-In Patient with ALS
    New England Journal of Medicine, 375:2060-2066