Associate Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP | Member of the Graduate Faculty | Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology | Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP | Interim Associate Department Head, Molecular and Cellular Biology | Associate Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP | Associate Professor, Genetics - GIDP
Dr. Yao has a broad background in cancer systems biology, with specific training and expertise in cancer pathway modeling and experimental testing. His Ph.D. training at UW-Madison was in cancer biology with additional emphasis on computational biology. By coupling modeling and experiments, his postdoctoral work at Duke demonstrated the first natural bistable system in mammalian cells, the Rb-E2F bistable switch that controls cell quiescence and proliferation, and help identified oncogenic pathway signatures as a guide to targeted therapies. He focuses his work at studying gene regulation and cell signaling networks by integrating experimental biology with quantitative science, to dissect complex biological systems in cancer.