In 2020, Yao was honored with the Outstanding Graduate Award upon receiving his master's degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, guided by Prof. Xiaojun Chen. Now, he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University Hospital of Leuven and KU Leuven under the supervision o fProf. Robin Willaert. From 2017 to 2021, he has developed dynamic navigation surgical systems for the distal locking of intramedullary nails and dental implantations, recognized as the Top Cited Article for 2021-2022 in IJMRCAS. Presently, he is delving into Craniomaxillofacial Reconstruction and Repairment based on Artificial Intelligence.

His publications can be found via this link.