Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Research Associate



+44 (0)20 3311 7042n.yousif Website




10L24Lab BlockCharing Cross Campus





Research interests

Fig.Neuroscience is now well established as an inter-disciplinary area of research, and the contribution of theoretical techniquesis invaluable. I have been particularly interested in biologically accurate computational modelling of neurons and systems of neurons, and it seems clear that an alliance between experimental, theoretical and clinical work will continue to yield positive outcomes.

In my current research I am continuing within the realm of biologically constrained computational models, in combination with electrophysiology and behavioural experiments to address clinical questions about the mechanism of therapeutic neurostimulation, specifically deep brain stimulation (DBS) and sacral nerve stimulation (SNS). 

For example, my recent work explains the difference in the electric fields created by commonly used stimulation approaches, and therefore can help clinicians to better target the abnormal neural activity that exists as a result of movement disorders. The challenge will be to use such models within routine clinical practice in order to predict the best settings for each individual patient.


September 2016: My new paper on dopamine and visual perception in the presence of TMS induced noise, is now available as an open access article in the Journal of Neuroscience - link


I am currently funded by a grant from the National Tremor Foundation (2016-2017).


  • Jörn Diedrichsen, Motor Control Group, University of Western Ontario.

  • Professor Roman Borisyuk, Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, University of Plymouth.

  • Publications


    Yousif N, Bhatt H, Bain PG, et al., 2016, The effect of pedunculopontine nucleus deep brain stimulation on postural sway and vestibular perception, European Journal of Neurology, Vol:23, ISSN:1351-5101, Pages:668-670

    Yousif N, Fu RZ, Bourquin BA-E-E, et al., 2016, Dopamine Activation Preserves Visual Motion Perception Despite Noise Interference of Human V5/MT, Journal of Neuroscience, Vol:36, ISSN:0270-6474, Pages:9303-9312

    Yousif N, Cole J, Rothwell J, et al., 2015, Proprioception in motor learning: lessons from a deafferented subject, Experimental Brain Research, Vol:233, ISSN:0014-4819, Pages:2449-2459

    Hammerbeck U, Yousif N, Greenwood R, et al., 2014, Movement speed is biased by prior experience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Vol:111, ISSN:0022-3077, Pages:128-134


    Yousif N, Maeda Y, Vaizey CJ, A computational model of SNS induced electric current flow, European Society of Coloproctology, ISSN:1455-8998

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