Philosopher, Doer, Generalist, Zen Mindfulness Meditator, Mathematician, PhD Candidate


Chao (Cico) Zhang is doing his PhD. (Doctor of Philosophy) research1 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he has been dealing with the systematic dehumanization prevalent in academia. His diverse research interests include, but are not limited to, truth of mind2, human education, well-being. He engages in meditation and philosophy (Zen, Taoism and Neurons), cherishes intelligence humbleness and intellectual independence, cares about human values and well-being, and disapproves of narcissism, egoism and materialism. His main philosophical viewpoint is to embrace and appreciate the diversity of free minds3. He has described himself as a mindful, open-minded, cosmopolitan, self-motivated, compassionate fully, reflective, philosophical and communicative person. His long-term goal is to be a messenger to awaken more people and creative problem-solver for the world, rather than a narrowly focused boffin to itself.

  1. Unfortunately and fortunately, much of the research time went to dealing with dehumanization and academic misconduct, which turns out to be a marvelous practice of mindfulness and much more valuable than any research. Integrity matters most. ↩︎

  2. Cico has been influenced and elightened by Krishnarmurti, Zen, Taoism, now he is developing his way of explanation for the same thing — the nature of mind, in order to share it with more people. ↩︎

  3. A mind distorted by thoughts and illusions are not in the scope of diveristy, though it can be tolerated. ↩︎


  • Truth (the essence of Chan and Taoism)
  • Humanity
  • Compassion


  • MSc in Bioinformatics, 2016

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Postgraduate in Cryptographic Protocol, 2011

    Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • BSc in Mathematics, 2009

    Shandong University