Mao received his PhD from Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995. He then worked as a postdoctoral in the
Institute of Genomics, Clemson University, USA from 1996 to 2000. After that,
he worked as an Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University, USA. Since
2004, he became a principle investigator at ICS-CAAS. His expertise area is in
wheat genomics and functional genomics.