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. In particular, I use astronomical surveys and numerical simulations study low-mass galaxies in the nearby Universe, modeling the relation between these galaxies and their host dark matter halos to learn about the underlying dark structures.


  • 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 PITT PACC Langley 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. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. 

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