Mariska Vansteensel joined the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) research field in 2007 and is currently an Assistant Professor at UMC Utrecht. The main focus of her research is the development of implantable electrocorticography (ECoG)-based BCIs for communication and the validation thereof in the daily life of people with severe motor impairment. In addition, she focuses on utilizing the detailed organization of the sensorimotor areas for faster and more efficient BCI-based communication. She is the principal investigator of several projects related to clinical implementation of BCIs and pediatric neuroscience. Since 2018, she is board member of the BCI Society.