Yao-Yuan Mao portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Physics And Astronomy

Research Summary

My research focuses on the nature of dark matter, galaxy formation physics, and the uniqueness of our own Milky Way. I use theoretical models, numerical simulations, and large astronomical survey data to study dwarf galaxies, both in the Milky Way and in the nearby Universe, and also their invisible dark matter hosts.


  • Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University
  • B.S., Physics, National Taiwan University


I joined the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy in July, 2022. Before joining the U, I conducted postdoctoral research at Rutgers University as a NASA Einstein Fellow from 2019 to 2022, and also at the University of Pittsburgh as a Samuel P. Langley PITT PACC Fellow from 2016 to 2019. I received my Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 2016, and my B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University in 2009.