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 human sensorimotor cortex controls movement using ECoG signals.
She contributes to the NeuroCIMT and Utrecht NeuroProsthesis projects by developing methods and tools to boost the development of multi-dimensional and high-resolution fully implanted BCIs. Some of these tools can be found here.
Recently, she was awarded a VENI fellowship on the feasibility of implanted BCIs for children with severe paralysis. Her project is part of the new RIBS pediatric neuroscience lab NeuroSAFARI.