I'm Yaoyu Yang. I am an engineer and researcher. I've been working at Ginkgo Bioworks since 2017 as a senior software engineer with the aim of making biology easier to engineer through software.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Washington at 2016, where I worked on synthetic biology and lab automation in the Klavins Lab. My Ph.D. thesis was titled Design, Construction, and Validation of Dynamic Gene Circuits in Yeast. I built novel synthetic gene circuits in yeast. I also built over 20 high quality, reproducible build and test workflows in the Aquarium lab operating system, a software-enabled human-in-the-loop automation platform invented in the Klavins Lab. I am a founding member of UW Biofabrication Center (UW BIOFAB), a cloud lab service powered by Aquarium.

Outside work, I enjoy reading and making cool apps. Find ways to contact me at Contact Me page.