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Chao is fascinated by the use of molecules to process and store information, i.e. chemical computing. Trained as a chemist during Ph.D. with William R. Dichtel at Cornell University and Northwestern University, USA, Chao began his scientific career studying 'smart' molecular self-assembly (2013-2018). Unsatisfied with the simplicity of artificial molecular behaviour, Chao then decided to chase after memory proteins in the brain for his postdoc with Erin M. Schuman, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany (2018-2023), where he finds his life-long passion for molecular machines in the brain.


In his free time, Chao is a cook, a reader, and a novelty-seeking creature. Having grown up in a 'small' coastal city in China (Yantai), Chao is addicted to sea things...

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