Dr. Chao graduated with honors from UCLA with a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and received her M.D. from the University of California, Irvine. She completed her training in Clinical Molecular Genetics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and previously served as Associate Director of the Genetic Diagnostic Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. As a Howard Hughes Scholar at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Dr. Chao specialized in genomic technologies such as the development of array-CGH, and applications to cancer genetics. Currently, Dr. Chao is also on faculty at UC Irvine where her research focuses on novel methods for interpreting DNA variants in genomic data sets.