Dr. Yao received his doctoral degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1999 under the guidance of Janice Bahr, and then completed his postdoctoral training in Blanche Capel’s lab at Duke University Medical Center in 2002. He became Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and received Associate Professor tenure in 2009. Dr. Yao was recruited to National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS/NIH) in 2010 and was promoted to Senior Investigator in 2018. Dr. Yao was the recipient of the Trainee Research Award and New Investigator Award from SSR. He also received Basal O'Connor Starter Research Award from March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation, Pfizer Research Award, and Young Andrologist Award from the American Society of Andrology. He was the associate editor of BOR, a faculty member of the Frontier in Reproduction (FIR), and also elected as the co-Chair for the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Mammalian Reproduction.