Chao joined Vukelic Group in 13 Fall as a graduate student. His research interests are vibrational spectroscopic disease diagnosis, ultrafast laser collagen cross-links induction and tissue biomechanics. During his undergraduate years in China and America, he was involved in several research projects in the fields of biomass energy transformation, machine design and manufacturing, mechanics, and mathematical modeling for error analysis. By participating in a “948” Chinese National Project—The Design of Mobile Biomass Fast Pyrolyzer—he completed his graduation thesis which was awarded Outstanding Graduation Thesis and published in Best Graduation Thesis Set (2013). He was granted the National Scholarship annually as an undergraduate student and also named an Outstanding Graduate in Beijing.