Dr. Gao has more than 20 years of experience in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, with a focus on cancer biology, cellular assay development, biomarker discovery and patient stratification. He has led oncology programs from target development to Phase I trials at many companies, including Incyte Corporation and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Nankai University.