Xing’s driving ambition is the creation of a brain implant that allows profoundly blind people to regain a functional form of artificial vision.
Originally from Singapore, she won a Trustee (full-tuition) scholarship to study at the University of Southern California in 2004, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience in 2008. Subsequently, she obtained her PhD in Visual Neuroscience at Newcastle University (UK), in the lab of Alexander Thiele, examining how extensive training and improvement on fine visual tasks is accompanied by changes in the primate visual system at the neuronal level. She moved to the Netherlands in 2014, working as a postdoctoral researcher with Pieter Roelfsema at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. In 2016, she played a pivotal role in securing funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for a 4-year €1.78M programme on the development of a visual cortical neuroprosthesis, involving five research labs, ten companies, and three organisations for the blind and visually impaired. Together with Blackrock Microsystems, she developed an unprecedentedly high-channel-count, high-resolution neuroprosthesis for chronic recording and electrical stimulation of primate visual cortex, establishing proof-of-concept for the generation of artificial vision in the blind.
Xing speaks Dutch, Italian, and Mandarin, in addition to her native language, English. She is also the author of a guidebook on cycling targeted at expats, titled ‘Learn to Cycle in Amsterdam.’ In her spare time, she goes windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding, and paints in watercolour.