Gao obtained his PhD (DPhil) degree from Oxford University, UK and did his postdoc work in both Oxford University and Harvard University. His research interests include enveloped viruses and molecular immunology, mainly focusing on the enveloped virus entry and release, esp. interspecies transmission (host jump) influenza virus and coronaviruses. His research has recently expanded on public health policy and global health strategy. Gao has been elected as a member/ fellow of several academies, including Chinese Academy of Sciences and The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Gao is a recipient of several international and national awards, including TWAS Medical Prize (2012) and Nikkei Asian Prize (2014).
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