Junheng Li

Project title: Investigation of the falling asleep brain dynamics and its closed-loop augmentation strategy
Supervisor: Dr Nir Grossman
Location: Level 5, Burlington Danes Building, Hammersmith Campus, Du Cane Road, W12 0NN

About Me

I am a CSC (China Scholarship Council) fully-funded PhD student in the Grossman lab in the Department of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London. I graduated from Xidian University in 2017, and then received an MSc with distinction from Imperial in 2018, specialising in engineering and signal processing. Now, I am very eagerly applying my engineering expertise into the neuroscience research, looking to better understand brain signals and machine learning techniques.


Vinao-Carl ML, Gal-Shohet YR, Rhodes E, Li J, Hampshire A, Sharp DJ, Grossman N. Just a phase? Causal probing reveals spurious phasic dependence of sensory perception. bioRxiv. 2023:2023-08 https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2023.08.21.554096v1

Schreglmann S, Wang D, Peach R, Li J, Zhang X, Latorre A, Rhodes E, Panella E, Boyden E, Barahona M, Santaniello S, Bhatia K, Rothwell J, Grossman N, 2020, Non-invasive amelioration of essential tremor via phase-locked disruption of its temporal coherence, Nature Communications, Vol: 12, ISSN: 2041-1723 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20581-7


  • 2014-2017: BEng. in Telecommunications Engineering, Xidian University
  • 2017-2018: MSc in Communications and Signal Processing (Distinction), Imperial College London

Research Interests

My PhD focuses on using novel feature-based signal processing technique combined with machine learning to better understand brain signals and exploring mechanisms. Specifically, we are trying to use neuro-modulation techniques to intervene brain activities and facilitate restorative sleep in dementia patients. Novel feature-based analysis approach will be implemented in such brain activity analysis (normally spatio-temporal EEG), and machine learning algorithms are used to find out mechanisms in neuro-intervention, which in turn directs us to optimise the stimulation for better outcomes.


  • Presentation in ECR day at Connectome 2021: "The brain dynamics during falling asleep"
  • Poster presentation at Computational Neuroscience Society (CNS) conference 2023

Contact details

Email: junheng.li17@imperial.ac.uk