About me

I am a neuroscientist currently at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, but moving to New York University per September 1. I study how the human brain deals with uncertainty in visual and multisensory perception. Uncertainty is an important part of how people make decisions, but also of how they perceive the world. We use behavioral experiments in humans, mathematical models of perception, and theories about what happens in the brain during perception. Theoretical and computational neuroscience are relatively new, but rapidly growing branches of neuroscience. For more, visit my lab website.


I am also the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Rural China Education Foundation, a non-profit organization working to improve the quality and relevance of education in rural China. Our staff are based at an experimental school in Shanxi Province, where they collaborate with rural teachers, principals, educational experts, and local governments to develop an integrated vision on rural schools. This includes improving school management and hardware, but also new curriculum and teaching strategies. We emphasize creative and experiential learning, and strive to build connections between education and the local community. Read more on RCEF's website and blog.


In my free time I enjoy writing, good food, board and strategy games, following world issues, and visiting museums. My ancestors are from Yantai, China. I grew up in Groningen, the Netherlands and have also lived in Appingedam, the Netherlands, Princeton (New Jersey, USA), Pasadena (California, USA), and Rochester (New York, USA). The Dutch version of my first name is Whee Ky, which is pronounced /ʋe:ki/, not /wikɪ/ (IPA). My Chinese name is pronounced /weitɕi/. It means "great foundation".


Click here for Lessons from the Ward: Ting Zhou's reflection on medical education.