Dr. Yao has led Univfy® from founding through stages of technology invention and commercialization. She is now leading the team to scale Univfy's business. Her vision is to combine healthcare AI, fintech, and scientific validation to power women's access to fertility treatments that are safe and highly effective.
Dr. Yao has over 20 years of experience in clinical and scientific research in reproductive medicine. Prior to founding Univfy, she was on the faculty at Stanford University, where she led NIH-funded fertility and embryo genetics research, and developed the Univfy® technology with the academic founding team.
Dr. Yao graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at McGill University. She received her clinical subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University. Dr. Yao received multiple research awards for her fertility research work, including pre-implantation embryo development, the role of stem cell genes in the embryo, and uterine receptivity at implantation. She is co-author of the chapter on Infertility in Berek and Novak's Gynecology, the top medical textbook for obstetricians and gynecologists.
Dr. Yao has been honored with The Bump - Moms: Movers and Makers (2016) and MM&M's Top 40 Healthcare Transformers (2017).