Li Yao

Li is from Changsha, China. She is currently a graduate student of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Medical and Biological Illustration program. She received her B.S. degree in Zhejiang University, China, and joined a PhD program in Cornell University, studying genetics, genomics and development. Her experience in learning and teaching scientific and medical subjects, as well as conducting research projects, has made her realize the challenges and importance of communication. She appreciates that information can be interpreted very differently if presented in different ways and she enjoys helping people to tell their stories in the most effective way. Li likes cooking, eating spicy food, traveling, running, outdoor activities, and video games.

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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration, May 2017.

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics,
Master of Science, Genetics, Genomics and Development, Minor in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, 2015

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Chu Kochen Honors College, Bachelor of Science, Biological Science, 2011
Honorary degree of Science, Advances science and technology courses, 2011

Experience & Activities

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2016

National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD, 2016

Teaching Assistant
Lectures in Genetics and Genomics (BIOMG 2800), Cornell University, 2012

Laboratory in Genetics and Genomics (BIOMG 2801), Cornell University, 2012

Team Founder and Animator
Stanford University Global Innovation Program, 2008


  • Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), Student Member, 2016–present
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, finger lakes chapter, 2015-2016


The Association of Medical Illustrators
2016           Award of Excellence, Instructional Anatomical Illustration, AMI 71th Annual Salon

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2016-17     The Frank H. Netter, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
2016-17     School of Medicine Tuition Grant
2015-16     William P. Didusch Scholarship

Zhejiang University
2010           Distinguished Project Award, Student Research Training Program
2007-10     Scholarship for Outstanding Merit, Scholarship for Top Students, and Excellent Student Award

2010           Fellowship, Cross-disciplinary Scholars in Science and Technology Program, UCLA


  • Association of Medical Illustrators, Annual Salon Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia, 2016
  • Illustrations: Life Cycles of 3 Monogeneans, Clinical Guide to Fish Medicine, Wiley Publishing, in press