Dr. Jianyu Rao is a tenured full professor and vice chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to be the vice chair of diagnostic technology innovation, he also currently serves as the chief of cytopathology, the director of international telepathology, and the medical director of Great Los Angeles cytotechnology school. He is a fellow of College of American Pathologist (FCAP), Fellow of Academy of Translational Medicine (FacdTM), Member of Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a Member of California Nanosystem Institute. He received many awards, including Physician of the Year award by Wall Street Journal (2005), International Health Professional and Scientist of the Year (2003, 2006), Guangji Scholar by Zhejiang University (2011), and be nominated to Shaw prize in life science and medicine (2010) and Tang prize (2018).
His research focuses on cancer biomarker studies with over 170 peer-reviewed research publications. He has been invited to be a speaker for over 170 meetings and occasions locally, nationally and internationally for topics including cytology, gynecological and urinary tract pathology, cancer biology and therapy, and cancer biomarkers. He is also interested in developing new technologies for pathology especially cytopathology, including imaging and digital analysis, telepathology, nanotechnology, liquid biopsy, and AI-technology. His main clinical expertise includes cytology especially urine cytology, Fine Needle Aspiration service, molecular cytology, gynecological pathology and genitourinary tract pathology.