Xiaoqi Zhu

Project Title: Development of non-invasive deep brain stimulation technology for neuroscience research and therapy
Supervisor: Dr Nir Grossman
Location: Burlington Danes Building, Hammersmith Hospital Campus

About me

I am a PhD student at the UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial, based in the department of Brain Sciences. I focus on improving the focality and strength of temporal interference (TI) stimulation.

I researched TI stimulation while studying for my undergraduate and master’s degree in biomedical engineering and decided to study for my PhD in Dr Nir Grossman's lab based on this experience.

In my research I often use NEURON environment, Sim4Life (Finite element method), patch clamp, and in vivo mouse experiments. I am also familiar with electrical circuit design (Altium Designer 19, Proteus, Labview), development of microcontroller (MPS430/Arduino/51), and MATLAB.


  • MEng (Honors) in Biomedical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • BEng in Biomedical Engineering at Xi'an Jiaotong University

Research Interests

Electrical brain stimulation, such as transcranial electrical stimulation and deep brain stimulation, is potential in modulating neuropathy and psychosis diseases. TI stimulation, a novel method in this area, has many advantages as it is able to non-invasively stimulate the deep brain but not affect the superficial areas.

I am interested in improving the focality and strength of TI stimulation, in which computational modelling and in vitro/vivo experiments are used. The optimized TI stimulation, having higher focality and strength, would be potential in precisely and effectively stimulating the deep brain area and modulating neuropathy and psychosis diseases. 

Selected publications

Zhu, Xiaoqi, et al. "Multi-point temporal interference stimulation by using each electrode to carry different frequency currents." IEEE Access 7 (2019): 168839-168848.

Contact details

Email: x.zhu19@imperial.ac.uk
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/xiaoqi-zhu-8982b110b/