Sandy Yao, Ph.D.

Chief Legal Officer, CZ Biohub Network

Sandy Yao serves as the Chief Legal Officer of the CZ Biohub Network, overseeing the legal function supporting the Biohub Network and all of its regional institutions. Along with a science background, Yao brings a wide range of legal and business expertise in intellectual property, licensing, technology transactions, and data privacy to support the scientific work across the Biohub Network.

Yao started at CZI in 2021 and currently serves as a Senior Director of Legal, heading the group responsible for product, privacy, and IP. She also leads artificial intelligence policy and compliance efforts at CZI. Prior to joining CZI, Yao worked at LinkedIn as well as the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Yao received her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Tsinghua University, her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT, and her law degree from Stanford Law School. She is a co-inventor of patents on high-resolution optical imaging technology using quantum dots.

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