Dr. Shaorong Gao is currently a full professor and the dean for the School of Life Sciences and Technology, Tongji University. He is a “Yangtze River Scholar” professor and a “Distinguished Young Scholar” of NSFC. He has served as the member of National “Stem Cell Research” Significant Scientific Research Plan expert committee in China.
Dr. Shaorong Gao achieved a Doctorate degree in Reproductive Biology from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He then did post-doc in UK and US focusing on somatic cell reprogramming. He returned to China in late 2005 and worked as an investigator in the National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing. In 2013, he moved to Tongji University. The research projects in his laboratory focus on dissecting the epigenetic regulation mechanism in early embryo development and somatic cell reprogramming. They have proved for the first time that iPS cells can produce viable mice through tetraploid complementation. More recently, his group has made several breakthroughs in understanding the epigenetic mechanism in early embryo development and somatic cell reprogramming including SCNT and iPSCs. He has published over 120 research papers in prestigious scientific journals including Nature, Science, Nature Genetics, Cell Stem Cell, Nature Cell Biology etc.