Research Interests

​Prof. Gao’s research interests are to build computational models, develop machine learning techniques, and design efficient and effective algorithms to solve key open problems along the path from protein sequence analysis, to protein 3D structure prediction/determination, to protein function annotation, and to understanding protein behaviors in complex biological networks.


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, 2009.
  • B.Sc., Computer Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2004.

Professional Profile

  • 2016​-Present: Associate Professor, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2016: Assistant Professor, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009-2010: Lane Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Professional member for Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

  • Life Science Society (LSS)