Dr. rer. nat. M.C. (Maria Carla) Piastra

Assistant professor  

Building: Technohal, room TL 3381
Phone: +31 53 489 7985
Bgg: +31 53 489 4051
E-mail: m.c.piastra@utwente.nl  

General information

Maria Carla Piastra studied Applied Mathematics at the University of Genova, Italy. In 2019, she obtained both a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Muenster, Germany, in the group of Carsten H. Wolters, and one in Bioengineering from the University of Genova, Italy, in the group of Marco Fato.   

Between 2018 and 2021, she worked as PostDoc in Nijmegen, at the Donders Institute. Specifically, she was involved first in the NeuroCIMT project, in the group of Thom Oostendorp (Radboud University Medical Center); and in the FLAG-ERA NeuronsReunited project, in the group of Paul Tiesinga (Radboud University).

 In 2021, Maria Carla Piastra joined the University of Twente as Assistant Professor in the Clinical Neurophysiology group.

Research interests

She develops mathematical models to simulate normal and abnormal neuronal activity at different levels. From brain activity measured with scalp and intracranial EEG systems to neuronal network activity measured in vitro with microelectrode arrays (MEA) devices. Within this framework, she is involved in several (open-source) software development initiatives.

Her main goal is to facilitate translational work between clinic and research, with a particular focus on epilepsy and stroke.

Key publications

ASH: an Automatic pipeline to generate realistic and individualized chronic Stroke volume conduction Head models. Piastra MC, van der Cruijsen J, Jeukens FEM, Manoochehri M, Schouten A, Selles RW, Oostendorp TF, Journal of Neural Engineering (2021)

 DUNEuro—A software toolbox for forward modeling in bioelectromagnetism. Schrader S, Westhoff A, Piastra MC, Miinalainen T, Pursiainen S, Vorwerk J, ... & Engwer C, PloS one, 16(6), e0252431 (2021)

 A comprehensive study on electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography sensitivity to cortical and subcortical sources. Piastra MC, Nüßing A, Vorwerk J, Clerc M, Engwer C, Wolters CH. Human Brain Mapping (2020).