Han Cao, Phd
FOUNDER AND CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
BioNano Genomics Inc
United States of America
Han Cao founded Bionano Genomics in 2003 as a spinoff of the Princeton University laboratories, where he was working on a multimillion-dollar project funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Cao is the key co-inventor of the company’s core single-molecule nanoscale whole genome analysis technology. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow working on a stem cell and DNA repair system at the Institute for Human Gene Therapy of University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. His diverse experience includes molecular biology, microarray and genomics technology development, and single-molecule analysis, as well as micro and nanofluidics design and fabrication. Dr. Cao leads multiple federal government-funded projects at Bionano and has served on many grant review panels. He oversees the scientific and technical direction of future technology and product development at Bionano. Dr. Cao received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Delaware.