Marium Yousuf

PhD Student

Office: GS 725

Interests: Applied Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience


Marium Yousuf is a Ph.D. student aspiring to contribute to the field of Computational Neuroscience using her math and computer science background. She grew up and finished her secondary education in Karachi, Pakistan. While pursuing an Applied Math, B.S., at Northern Illinois University, Marium interned at Argonne National Laboratory where she gained substantial experience in Data Visualization. After graduation, she began another short appointment at Argonne during which she led and lectured at a Big Data Visualization camp for high-school students. Marium is very artistic and spends most of her free time painting, sketching, or writing. Back in Pakistan, she has received a national award for one of her painting projects.

​​​​​Research Interests

My research interests are more inclined towards neuroscientific applications. I am intrigued by machine learning and how it can be applied to a variety of scientific areas. I hope to build a strong foundation and learn state-of-the-art tools and techniques from the AI domain that are relevant to applications in neuroscience.

What long-term project do you want to work on?

Recently, I have been fascinated by the work done under Connectome Coordination Facility ( In the long-term, I would love to be a part of something similar contributing to a better understanding of the brain structure. I also aspire to contribute to discoveries that allow quicker diagnoses of brain disorders.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Being in school… I am naturally passionate about acquiring knowledge, which is why I consider myself fortunate to be in graduate school and have access to resources that give my passion an outlet.

What are your career goals?

As of yet, I am unsure of my eventual career goals, however, I do enjoy the idea of being in academia.

​​​​Tell us something interesting about yourself!

I am currently writing a psychological fiction, which I began in 2016. Although the novel has (almost) reached its end, I don’t consider it anywhere near ready to fly out the nest -- with every reread, there is a new idea, more drafting, and even more editing! I am starting to realize that I am prolonging finishing this project because some dull days I enjoy more being a part of that alternative world than real life.