Prof. Zhu-Jun Yao received his Bachelor degree with honors from Fudan University in 1990, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese academy of Sciences (CAS) under supervision of Prof. Yu-Lin Wu in July 1995. He joined NIH as an NIH Fogarty International Visiting Fellow at National Cancer Institute (USA) in 1996, and worked in signal transduction with Dr. T. R. Burke, Jr. for three years. Dr. Yao was recruited as a faculty member at SIOC in September 1999, and immediately appointed as a full Professor and Principle Investigator in November 1999. In September 2008, Dr. Yao moved to Nanjing University School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and serves at Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures as a Cyrus Tang Professor. He was appointed as the Chief of Organic Chemistry Division at School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in March 2011 and a NJU Distinguished Professor in December 2011.
Prof. Yao has received quite a number of awards from the academic societies. He was a recipient of NSFC Outstanding Youth Grant, and selected into CAS Hundred Talent Program and Leading Talents of Shanghai Municipal. He has authored and co-authored more than 150 research papers in the peer-reviewed journals and over 20 patents, 4 books and 15 chapters. Recent awards also include the Natural Science Prize of CAS (the Second Class), CCS-BASF Youth Innovation Award, Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, SciFinder-CCS Award for Creative Work in Organic Synthesis, and Eli Lilly Scientific Excellence Award in Chemistry (ELSEA) etc.
Prof. Yao once served as a National Representative (China-Beijing) in the International Union of Applied and Pure Chemistry (2008-2011), and a coordinator of Asia Core Program (China-Beijing, 2005-2012). Currently, he is a council member of Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) and Vice Chairman of CCS Division of Chemical Biology, a member of NSFC Supervision Committee and Specialist Committee of NSFC Chemistry Department, as well as Editorial Broad member or Editorial Advisory Broad member of 9 research journals.