Chao Zhang

PhD Candidate: philosophy, AI, bioinformatics

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I am keen on philosophy and mindfulness. Currently I am combining them into my research in artificial intelligence and bioinformatics (using these words does not mean I agree to the academic demarcation). I disapprove of materialism but appreciate the human values. My conviction is that we should do meaningful research for the world without being limited by the ingrained academic disciplines. My long-term goal is to be a big thinker and creative problem-solver for the world, rather than a narrowly focused boffin to itself. 

I am currently working on academic integrity, values and mental well-being. To know more about me, please visit my homepage at To know more about my thoughts on mindfulness, please check out

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, Master

Mathematics, Bachelor

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Galaxies Chemical Compounds
pigmentation Agriculture & Biology
fins Agriculture & Biology
Genes Chemical Compounds
fish Agriculture & Biology
genes Agriculture & Biology
convergent evolution Agriculture & Biology
Servers Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 2016 2019

computer vision
data analysis

Revelation of the Genetic Basis for Convergent Innovative Anal Fin Pigmentation Patterns in Cichlid Fishes

Gu, L., Zhang, C. & Xia, C., 20 Jul 2017, (Submitted) In : bioRxiv.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

convergent evolution

Systematically linking tranSMART, Galaxy and EGA for reusing human translational research data [version 1; referees: awaiting peer review]

Zhang, C., Bijlard, J., Staiger, C., Scollen, S., van Enckevort, D., Hoogstrate, Y., Senf, A., Hiltemann, S., Repo, S., Pipping, W., Bierkens, M., Payralbe, S., Stringer, B., Heringa, J., Stubbs, A., Bonino Da Silva Santos, LO., Belien, J. A. M., Weistra, W., Azevedo, R. V. D. M., van Bochove, K. & 6 othersMeijer, G., Boiten, J-W., Rambla, J., Fijneman, R. J., Spalding, JD. & Abeln, S., 16 Aug 2017, In : F1000Research. 6, 1488

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

Open Access

Integration of EGA secure data access into Galaxy

Hoogstrate, Y., Zhang, C., Senf, A., Bijlard, J., Hiltemann, S., van Enckevort, D., Repo, S., Heringa, J., Jenster, G., Fijneman, R. J. A., Boiten, J-W., Meijer, G. A., Stubbs, A., Rambla, J., Spalding, D. & Abeln, S., 2016, In : F1000Research. 5, 2841.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Translational Medical Research